Former NRL playmaker Brandon Wakeham is facing jail time after being charged with supplying illegal drugs.

The former Canterbury and Wests Tigers player, who now plays for NSW Cup outfit Blacktown, was arrested at training in Brookvale on Wednesday afternoon as part of a major police investigation.

The 25-year-old had been selected to play for the Blacktown Sea Eagles — Manly’s feeder club — against the Bulldogs this weekend.

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Footage shared by NSW Police shows the moment he was picked up by authorities.

“We’re recording this interaction, you’re currently under arrest for drug supply from February,” an officer said.

“You don’t have to say or do anything if you don’t want to, do you understand that?”

Wakeham sat down and covered his face with his t-shirt while police searched his car.

He was immediately taken the Manly Police Station where he was charged with taking part in supplying prohibited drugs greater than large commercial quantities, taking part in supplying prohibited drugs, and participating in a criminal group.

Wakeham was picked up outside training.
Wakeham was picked up outside training. Credit: NSW Police
Authorities took him to Manly Police Station.
Authorities took him to Manly Police Station. Credit: NSW Police

His apartment was then searched, which uncovered a highly encrypted criminal communications device among other incriminating items.

Wakeham was denied bail and will appear before a Manly court on Thursday.

He played 40 first-grade NRL games between 2019 and 2023, including 15 for the Tigers last season, and 25 for the Bulldogs between 2019 and 2022.

The talented playmaker has also represented Fiji in 10 Test matches.