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Rising star arrested for being in possession of cocaine

New Zealand Warriors star Reece Walsh has been arrested by Queensland Police and has admitted to being in possession of cocaine.

Queensland Police confirmed that at 12.15am on Sunday morning police officers had arrested Walsh with the fullback speaking to the media in tears where he admitted to being in possession of cocaine.

“I was told by officers last night to move on. I didn’t move on which led to me getting arrested and taken back to the police station,” Walsh explained.

“Once I got back to the police station I was searched, and I was in possession of a small bag of cocaine which I had some of during the night.

“No one else is involved in this. This is solely on me. I should never have done it. It’s a mistake that I’ve made, and I’m aware of that. I’m remorseful and should never have done it.”

The Warriors confirmed Walsh will now be attending counselling.

“It’s been a tough period this morning to get through this for himself and his family,” Warriors CEO Cameron George said.

“It hurts the kid. He’s learning. He’s been exposed into a very big arena that carries a lot of responsibility and pressure. However none of that is an excuse for Reece, which he established this morning.

“We don’t condone this behaviour so we’ll continue to work through this situation with the NRL integrity unit and also our club in terms of sanctioning processes, but as it stands now he’s been charged on one count of possession of a prohibited substance and will attend court in mid October.

“Until that process is over, we won’t be going into any further detail.”

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