Jamil Hopoate: John’s NRL player son is jailed for three years nine months over cocaine courier ring
John Hopoate’s footy player son gets up to three years and nine months in prison for major coke heist – if his gambling and alcohol addiction is revealed
- Ex-NRL player Jamil Hopoate has been convicted of supplying 8 kg of cocaine
- Footy Bad Boy John Hopoate’s Son Was Paid To Deliver Drugs All Over Sydney
- Jamil was paid $10k to transport drugs but had no profit interest in delivery, judge found
- The police had previously found the cocaine and replaced it with a harmless powder
- He was ordered to spend a minimum of two years and three months behind bars
Former NRL player Jamil Hopoate has been jailed after attempting to deliver 8kg of cocaine via Sydney.
The former Brisbane Broncos player – who has been jailed twice before for violent incidents – was arrested at gunpoint during a police raid in May 2021.
On Thursday, Judge Sharron Norton ordered Hopoate, 27, to spend a minimum of two years and three months behind bars, rejecting his legal team’s arguments that serving time in the community was more appropriate.
“I am convinced that no punishment other than a full custody order would reflect the crime that is part of the offender’s conduct,” the judge said.
Jamil Hopoate (second from right, in blue suit and tie) was sentenced on Thursday to a maximum prison sentence of three years and nine months
Jamil Hopoate (right) is the son of former NRL bad boy and Manly winger John Hopoate (left)
He faces a maximum jail term of three years and nine months and will be eligible for parole on July 25, 2024.
Before being led away by police officers, Hopoate hugged his tearful partner Shea Beathe, kissed his young daughter and said “I love you” to relatives who were in court.
Jamil Hopoate, a former Brisbane Broncos player (pictured), was arrested at gunpoint during a police stabbing in May 2021
At the time of Hopoate’s arrest, federal police found eight kilograms of cocaine hidden in a shipment of toolboxes, replaced it with a harmless powder, and tracked it as it was distributed across Sydney.
The son of former Manly winger and rugby league bad boy John Hopoate, and brother of former Canterbury star Will, was seen collecting eight blocks of powder and then driving a van that was stopped by police.
Hopoate was paid $10,000 to move the plates but had no profit interest in the cocaine stock, Judge Norton found.
Hopoate was in custody for about two months before being released in July 2019 for drug possession.
After Hopoate pleaded guilty to the single charge, filing an intensive correction order — a form of suspended sentence — was an option open to the court.
He was addicted to gambling, alcohol and other drugs at the time, which led to his offense, the court heard.
Since July 2021, due to his strict bail conditions, he is not allowed to touch or gamble alcohol or other drugs.
Hopoate was dumped by Manly Sea Eagles in 2014 when he received a year in prison for a drunken, brutal and unprovoked assault on a man outside a local pub.
After being cleared to return to NRL in 2020, he played 12 games for Brisbane, mostly off the bench, and was sacked.
He was sentenced again this year to three months in prison after failing to complete the 250 hours of community service ordered by a court in 2021.
That community service related to assault and harassment in Port Macquarie in 2020.