Drugs allegedly found in Joel Madden's room

Last updated 09:50 12/06/2013

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International rock star Joel Madden will not be be charged after police allegedly discovered a small quantity of cannabis in his Sydney Star casino hotel room.

Sources have told Fairfax a cleaner allegedly discovered less than five grams of the drug in Madden's room of the Darling Hotel in the Star casino at about 4.30pm on Sunday night and police were contacted.

However they did not arrive until about 10.30pm.

Madden, who has been staying at the Darling for a few weeks, was present as police searched the room.

Investigations are continuing but no charges have been laid. NSW law permits authorities to issue a simple caution over such a small amounts of drugs.

Madden said in a statement: "Sunday while I was at work, a hotel employee found a small amount of marijuana in my hotel room. The police were called and responded. Sydney is my adopted home and I appreciate the way the NSW police handled the situation. The have informed me there will be no charges. I hope this didn't cause too much drama for everyone."

A spokesperson for Echo entertainment said it was the company's policy to exclude anyone caught with prohibited drugs, and that rule applied to Madden, a coach on the hit Channel Nine series, The Voice.

"He was not afforded any special treatment and he's moved out," the spokesman said.

The regulator had also been notified, he said.

A spokeswoman for Channel 9 said that police had told the TV station that no charges would be brought against Mr Madden. She declined to comment on whether he would be sacked.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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