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Ben Cousins is arrested after being ‘found with 2.5 grams of ice while asleep next to his car’ 

Ben Cousins has been arrested in Perth after allegedly being caught with ice.

Cousins was taken to a holding cell after being found asleep next to his car on Wednesday, Nine News reported.

Police allegedly found 2.5 grams of methamphetamine during a body search of the Brownlow medallist. 

The former AFL star was allegedly seen driving erratically near Victoria Park, and reportedly then became aggravated during his arrest.  

He will face court on Thursday.

Ben Cousins has been arrested in Perth after allegedly being caught with 2.5 grams of methamphetamine on Wednesday

Ben Cousins was seen giving the thumps up with West Coast Eagles player Nic Naitanui earlier this month

Ben Cousins was seen giving the thumps up with West Coast Eagles player Nic Naitanui earlier this month

The arrest comes just three weeks after Cousins appeared in a tell-all interview with Channel Seven where he opened about his drug addiction.

Sporting long hair in a ponytail and a scruffy beard, Cousins admitted he’d ‘stuffed things up royally’ and that it was time to put things right.

‘I hope people can see I’m having a crack at turning it around,’ he said. 

But Cousins gave an unconvincing answer when asked if he was still using drugs.

‘I’m just thinking how… I’m just not sure about how to answer that,’ he said.

‘My issues have been more greater and complex than my drug use.

‘In a perfect world, I would’ve have liked come out the other side a long time ago. That hasn’t been the case.’

Ben Cousins and Chris Judd of the West Coast Eagles celebrate premiership success after the epic 2006 AFL grand final win against the Sydney Swans at the MCG

Ben Cousins and Chris Judd of the West Coast Eagles celebrate premiership success after the epic 2006 AFL grand final win against the Sydney Swans at the MCG

Cousins leaving Armadale Magistrates Court in Perth in 2016 while charged with breaching a restraining order. The ex-footy star has said he cannot promise to stay out of jail

Cousins leaving Armadale Magistrates Court in Perth in 2016 while charged with breaching a restraining order. The ex-footy star has said he cannot promise to stay out of jail

Cousins was tight-lipped when asked when was the last time he took drugs.

‘It’s just one of those things, I’d rather not go there,’ he said later in the program.

‘I don’t think it helps.’

‘Last week, last month?,’ Zempilas pressed. 

Cousins replied: ‘Well…you know, not today is enough for me and it should be enough for other people.  

He also addressed the cocaine overdose death of his best mate Chris Mainwaring, whom he saw just hours before he died. 

Cousins had this message to today’s youth about taking drugs.

‘I would encourage them to think long and hard before they decide to go down that path,’ Cousins said. 

‘Just be aware of the ramifications and take it seriously.’

The Ben Cousins: Coming Clean documentary showed the fallen AFL star (pictured) unleashing in an angry tirade about the custody battle with his ex-partner over their children

The Ben Cousins: Coming Clean documentary showed the fallen AFL star (pictured) unleashing in an angry tirade about the custody battle with his ex-partner over their children

Cousins opened up for the first time in 10 years in a tell all interview with Channel Seven

Cousins opened up for the first time in 10 years in a tell all interview with Channel Seven

Confronting footage from the interview also showed a furious Cousins in the backseat of a car, ranting about the custody of his kids. 

‘I don’t think a mother plays any more of an important role than the bloke does,’ Cousins says in the rant filmed in February.

‘It needs to be stopped. Every time I see the coppers I say to them ”you guys have let me down”.

‘The community has let me down. My family, her family, have let me down. This has gone on for too long.  

‘If I get to a point where and I’m going to pick a cause single-mindedly… or with that cause towards you – I want there to be carnage.

‘Blood will spill. So, it’s up to you guys so if you want to change this.’

Cousins described the mother of his children, Maylea Tinecheff, as the most defiant person he’d ever known – and said he wanted underworld figure Mick Gatto to  mediate access to his two children. 

He said he was willing to give his Brownlow Medal to Gatto in return.  

‘I’ve never met anyone as defiant. You know? Mick Gatto couldn’t tell her what to do,’ Cousins said.

‘Mick … I’m just telling you – and I honestly was going to get him to come over, I was going to give him my Brownlow – to mediate.

‘That’s how big a thing it was, you know?’

Ben Cousins (pictured with his former partner) opened up about his battle with drug addiction

Ben Cousins (pictured with his former partner) opened up about his battle with drug addiction

Ben Cousins (pictured as a 21-year-old in 2000) had a stellar career with the West  Coast Eagles before he was sacked by the club  and banned by the AFL following the 2007 season

Ben Cousins (pictured as a 21-year-old in 2000) had a stellar career with the West  Coast Eagles before he was sacked by the club  and banned by the AFL following the 2007 season

During the interview, Ben Cousins recalled the story behind this nude photo of him after a spray tan that went viral on social media. 'I was trying to get a root,' Cousins said

During the interview, Ben Cousins recalled the story behind this nude photo of him after a spray tan that went viral on social media. ‘I was trying to get a root,’ Cousins said

In a rare light-hearted moment during the documentary, Cousins was reminded about a nude photo of him after a spray tan that surfaced on social media last year.

‘Mate, there’s a fantastic photo of Ben at a spray tan place,’ a man can heard saying off-camera.

‘Oh please,’ Cousins laughed.

‘You posted it,’ Zempilas told him. 

Cousins replied: ‘I didn’t actually, that was the problem. I can’t believe it happened the way it did.

‘I wasn’t doing someone a favour. I was trying to get a root, that’s what I was trying to do basically. That wasn’t supposed to go anywhere.’  

The pair laughed when Zempilas said it wasn’t the worst thing Cousins had ever done.

The infamous photo never got the desired result.

‘No ships, only hardships,’ Cousins said.  

Ben Cousins had two young children with his former partner Maylea Tinecheff (pictured)

Ben Cousins had two young children with his former partner Maylea Tinecheff (pictured)

He was grilled about his tumultuous relationship with the mother of his children and former partner, Maylea Tinecheff. 

In January 2018, Cousins was released from prison after serving 10 months of the one-year sentence for breaching a restraining order taken out by Ms Tinecheff.

He was back in jail months later following charges making threats and breaking a violence restraining order.

He spent eight months in jail until his release on bail last April. 

Two charges of stalking and threatening to harm Ms Tinecheff were later dropped.

Cousins later pleaded guilty to the remaining 12 offences of breaching a violence restraining order and was sentenced to eight months in prison, which he had already served.

‘As you know, I wasn’t convicted of some of those things’, Cousins told Zempilas.

‘But I agree with you yeah, some of it is inexcusable.’

When asked if he was embarrassed about where he ended up, Cousins replied: ‘I’m not proud.’ 

 

THE TROUBLED LIFE AND TIMES OF BEN COUSINS:

1996 – Makes AFL debut with West Coast and is named the league’s Rising Star

2001 – Named club captain of West Coast at age 23

2002 – Breaks his arm falling down a flight of stairs at a nightclub months after punching his teammate Daniel Kerr

2005 – (May) Is quizzed by police about association with underworld identities

– (September) Wins Brownlow medal as the AFL’s best and fairest player

Cousins after the 2006 AFL Grand Final

Cousins after the 2006 AFL Grand Final

2006 – (February) Swims across a Perth river to escape a booze bus

– (September) Wins AFL premiership with the Eagles

– (December) Is arrested after passing out in front of Melbourne’s Crown Casino and spends four hours in jail 

2007 – (March) Suspended by West Coast after missing training session

– (April) Goes to a drug rehabilitation facility in the US

– (October) Revealed to have visited fellow Eagles legend Chris Mainwaring twice on the night he died of a drug overdose

– (October) Arrested and charged with drug offences that are later dropped 

– (November) Eventually sacked by West Coast and banned from the AFL for one year

2008 – AFL re-registers Cousins and he is signed by Richmond

2010 – Retires from the AFL but releases autobiography and documentary

Cousins has been charged with drug possession and refusing a drug test in 2007, but the charges were later dropped

Cousins has been charged with drug possession and refusing a drug test in 2007, but the charges were later dropped

2015 – Arrested three times before leading police on a slow-speed car chase

2016 – (June) Spotted behaving erratically and directing traffic on a highway 

– (October) In and out of court over drug offences and breaches a restraining order taken out by his ex-partner

2017 – Jailed for one year for breaching restraining order by calling his ex-lover thousands of times

2018 – (January) Released from jail on parole just 10 months into his sentence

He takes up a community support role with the West Coast Eagles – a requirement of his parole conditions 

– (May): Reports emerge he hasn’t been seen at the club for a month

The club confirms the he told officials in April he no longer wanted the job

– (August) Arrested and charged with drug possession and breaching a  restraining order

2019 – (February) He was fined $1,750 for possessing meth and hiding it up his anus while in jail 

(March) Cousins pleaded not guilty to 14 offences in court, including breaching a family violence restraining order and a count each of aggravated stalking and threatening to injure, endanger or harm  

(April) Cousins is arrested in Perth with a  Cousins is released from jail on bail after eight months inside.

2020 – (March) Tell-all documentary Coming Clean goes to air – Cousins opens up about his meth addiction and time behind bars.

(April) Cousins is arrested in Perth after allegedly being caught with 2.5grams of methamphetamine while asleep beside his car.

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