Former NRL star Blake Ferguson arrested for drugs in Japan

Former NRL star Blake Ferguson has been arrested in Japan for allegedly possessing cocaine.

It’s understood he voluntarily went to the Azabu police station on December 30 after he’d apparently assaulted a man at a local restaurant.

While there, officers inspected the 31-year-old’s belongings and allegedly found him to be possession of cocaine.


Drug possession is a serious offence in Japan with punishments including up to five years behind bars.

Ferguson has been in the country for a few months after leaving the NRL to join a Japanese rugby competition following his failure to secure a new contract with the Parramatta Eels at the end of the 2021 season.

His new club confirmed the news in a statement this morning.

“Blake Ferguson, a contract player belonging to NEC Green Rockets Tokatsu, was arrested on December 30 on suspicion of possessing illegal drugs,” the statement read.

“We deeply apologize for causing a great deal of concern and inconvenience to everyone involved.

“Our team fully cooperates with the police investigation and strives to understand the situation.”