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Willie Rioli fronts court after allegedly being caught with cannabis down his pants

AFL premiership forward Willie Rioli has arrived at Darwin Local Court to face a drug possession charge after allegedly being caught with cannabis in his pants.

Northern Territory police allegedly found 25 grams of the drug while screening the West Coast star at Darwin airport on April 23.

Rioli was issued with a notice to appear in Darwin Local Court on possessing a schedule 2 dangerous drug of less than a trafficable quantity.

AFL premiership forward Willie Rioli has arrived at Darwin Local Court to face a drug possession charge

The ace forward has been suspended from the AFL since September 12, 2019, a day before West Coast's semi-final.

Rioli was found guilty of substituting his urine during two separate anti-doping drug tests.

His AFL anti-doping tribunal case was finally heard in March, with Rioli escaping with a two-year ban instead of a possible four-year suspension.

Rioli had been given permission to train with West Coast from June 20 and resume playing on August 20.

Rioli was issued with a notice to appear in Darwin Local Court on possessing a schedule 2 dangerous drug of less than a trafficable quantity

Rioli holds up the Premiership Trophy after the Eagles won the 2018 AFL Grand Final

Eagles football operations manager Craig Vozzo on Tuesday said the club is supporting Rioli 'at this stage' while they conduct a fact-finding mission and wait for the court result.

Vozzo said Rioli didn't let the club know that he had been charged with possession, and that the premiership forward is now walking a 'fine line' in terms of his AFL career.

He said the club now 'questions the degree in which you can trust him'.

Vozzo said Rioli was feeling shame and embarrassment over the incident.

'He's a mess, he's gutted,' Vozzo sid.

'At this stage we are supporting him.'

Rioli celebrates a goal during the 2018 AFL Second Preliminary Final match between the West Coast Eagles and Melbourne

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