Weight loss drug lands man in court

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A MAN who or­dered a weight loss steroid from the USA ap­peared in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day, charged with im­port­ing a bor­der con­trolled drug.

On April 8, Aus­tralian Cus­toms in­ter­cepted the pack­age ad­dressed to Shayne Thomas John War­ren, con­tain­ing 30mls of a liq­uid known as Clen­buterol.

On July 25 po­lice ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at War­ren’s home ad­dress.

The 24-year-old Proser­pine res­i­dent said he or­dered the drug to as­sist with weight loss and did not know it was il­le­gal.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor Sher­rie Meade said War­ren was told about the drug by his friends and did not do any fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the prod­uct.

She said it was pos­si­ble to Google the drug but find­ing out what com­po­nent of it was ac­tu­ally a banned sub­stance was “quite dif­fi­cult”.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist ac­cepted her sub­mis­sions that there was no crim­i­nal in­tent.

“It’s quite an un­usual mat­ter,” he said.

War­ren re­ceived a $440 fine and since this was a Com­mon­wealth of­fence, Mr St­jern­qvist said a con­vic­tion would be recorded “as it has to be”.

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