Pharmacist allegedly supplied illegal drugs to bikies and bodybuilders


The accused is part owner of five pharmacies in the Hunter region of NSW

Phillip Lawrence Slater, 36, appeared in Maitland Local Court on Thursday 30 June facing 10 charges, including five counts of supplying prohibited drugs such as steroids and pseudoephedrine.

Police allege Slater, who works as a pharmacist at Amcal Max Rutherford in NSW, allegedly supplied illicit substances to bodybuilders and associates of outlaw motorcycle gangs, reports the Newcastle Herald.

According to a statement of facts, investigators intercepted a call in March during which Slater and a former Australian representative body builder allegedly negotiated the sale of steroids and other medications related to the sport.

When officers stopped Slater’s vehicle in East Maitland soon after the call, they found 18 boxes of steroids, 60 capsules of phentermine and 180 tablets of tamoxifen.

However, Slater told police he was transferring supplies between business premises, reports the Herald.

Slater has been registered as a pharmacist since 2006.

He is part owner of five pharmacies in the Hunter/Newcastle region: Amcal Max Rutherford, Telarah Pharmacy, McKeachies Pharmacy, Morpeth Pharmacy, Amcal Waratah and Old Bar Pharmacy.

It also appears his company Slater McKendry Pharmacies runs the website pharmacymax.com.au.

In a search of Slater’s home, police allegedly found 12 boxes of testosterone and 36 syringes of steroids in his car.

Officers also found a range of drugs throughout his home during their search, including a plastic bag containing 504 cold and flu tablets.

Police allege three boxes of the tablets contained double the usual amount of pseudoephedrine, while two boxes contained four times the regular 30mg amount.

Magistrate John Chicken granted Slater conditional bail until his next appearance on 15 August, but added that if found guilty, the charges against Slater amount to “a substantial dissemination of drugs in the community”.

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