Saunders claimed it was a frame-up job, and added he has been victimized by burglars several times since his early exit from the Olympics. The poorly concealed cocaine was found in a biscuit tin under a sheet of white plastic.
Saunders and his girlfriend were arrested, and then after the two gave statements, were released without being charged six hours later. Police cited an anonymous tip as the grounds for search.
Saunders was widely criticized and editorialized in the British press for comments he made after his early departure from Beijing.
After his Olympics exit, Saunders said:
I’ve been training for two years now – to know I’ve not won a medal has taken a big weight off my shoulders.