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Here's a brief timeline
SEPTEMBER 2002: Fights teammate Daniel Kerr at a nightclub
MAY 4, 2005: Cousins and ruckman Michael Gardiner embroiled in police investigation into a nightclub shooting
MAY 5: Publicly apologises for his association with alleged underworld figures
FEBRUARY 17, 2006: Abandons his car and runs from police near a breath-testing station in Perth.
DECEMBER 3: Arrested for being drunk in public after being found intoxicated and dazed outside the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.
MARCH 20: Seeks drug- rehabilitation advice for "substance abuse".
MARCH 23: Goes on a three-day bender after being suspended indefinitely by the club,
MARCH 31: Heads to a Californian rehabilitation facility that specialises in methamphetamine addiction to fight his drug addiction.
OCTOBER 1: Sources confirm Cousins was the last person to see Chris Mainwaring at his Perth home hours before Mainwaring collapsed and died from drug use.
OCTOBER 16: Cousins charged by WA police with possession of a prohibited drug (diazepam tablets)
NOVEMBER 19: The AFL Commission suspends Cousins for 12 months for bringing the game into disrepute.
JULY 5, 2010: Cousins admitted to hospital suffering an adverse reaction to sleeping pills
JANUARY 13 2012: Committed by doctors to a suburban mental health unit under police escort after suffering drug-induced psychosis
MARCH 27 2012: Charged with possession of methylamphetamine with intent to sell or supply by Esperance police in WA's South-West where he was attending a drug rehabilitation centre.
A LAWYER for Ben Cousins says the former AFL star won't go to jail even if convicted of a drug offence, because the amount of methamphetamine he was allegedly caught with was too small.
Cousins, 33, appeared in the Magistrates Court of Western Australia in Perth on Monday morning charged with possessing 4.56g of methamphetamine with intent to sell or supply, after his well-publicised arrest last week in the coastal town of Esperance