Former Olympic swimmer Scott Miller will spend at least three years in prison for playing the pivotal role in a NSW drug ring.
The 47-year-old butterfly star was sentenced in the Downing Center District Court to five years and six months in prison, with a three-year non-parole period, to serve from the date of his arrest in February 2021.
Miller has been in custody for supplying a large commercial quantity of methamphetamine, supplying a commercial quantity of heroin, participating in a criminal group and handling the proceeds of crime.
Judge Penelope Hock said Miller’s limited criminal history matches someone who had a drug addiction.
“He grew up in a loving and supportive family environment, but at the age of 15 he was selected to attend the AIS in Canberra and that’s where his mental health problems started,” she said.
Miller won silver at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and said he was “devastated” for not winning gold.
Character references from Miller’s swimming coaches and friends noted his struggles in adjusting after the Olympics.
“Miller’s recurring problems with depression and substance use go back to the sacrifices and pressures of his swimming career and the disappointment of not winning a gold medal when his goal depended on that one event,” said one reference.
Miller was arrested on February 16, 2021 after an extensive police investigation put him at the center of a criminal group.