Reports in Australia have asserted that a warrant for the player’s arrest have been issued. This will be served upon his return to Australia, with Michaels facing 10 counts of supplying a dangerous drug.
The Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) have charged Ash Harrison, a former Titan, with two counts of supplying a dangerous drug
Harrison is due to appear before a magistrate on March 9.
Hull FC owner Adam Pearson has confirmed that the club is doing its best to discover as much information as possible before commenting further.
“We are dealing with this matter in house and are currently trying to find out what the facts are,” he told the Hull Daily Mail.
“Until we know anymore, at this point we will not be making any further comment on the matter.”
Michaels has reportedly been stood down from training at Hull. He will also not be available for Doncaster this weekend, for whom he was set to play on a dual registration deal.
The Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission is understood to be alleging that Michaels, along with Harrison, contacted a drugs syndicate and arranged for the supply of cocaine for personal use, or to supply to friends.
The events are understood to have taken place between June 2014 and November 2014.
A statement from the CCC reads:
“The CCC will allege these two individuals were identified contacting the syndicate and allegedly arranging for the supply of cocaine for personal use or to on-supply cocaine to friends and colleagues between June 2014 and November 2014.
“The CCC has previously stated the focus of this investigation is a cocaine trafficking syndicate operating in South East Queensland.
“The CCC’s investigation is not focused on any potential broader drug use in sport.
“The CCC understands a number of organisations and individuals have been the subject of speculation that they are possible targets of this ongoing CCC investigation.
“The CCC has decided it is in the public interest to confirm that based on evidence currently available to the CCC, it does not expect to make any further arrests of current or former sportspeople as a result of its ongoing investigation into the cocaine trafficking syndicate.”
Other players involved in the scandal are Karmichael Hunt, Greg Bird, David Taylor, Kalifa Faifai Loa, Joe Vickery, Jamie Dowling and Beau Falloon.