Pharmacist tip-off in anabolic steroid trafficking case

A pharmacist tipped off police about a script for Sustanon 250 in an investigation which saw the owners of a private clinic in court this week, facing charges including trafficking anabolic steroids.

AAP reports that members of Victoria Police’s Special Operations Group attended the Melbourne Sports Medicine and Anti-Ageing clinic in 2012 and 2013.

One officer told the court that he was given two different peptides, including Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 6, which is often used by bodybuilders, at the clinic. The other said he went for a checkup and did not remember the results.

The officers were stood down with pay following raids on the clinic and other properties.

Robin James Taylor, who owns the clinic, is facing 72 charges including trafficking anabolic steroids and prescribing testosterone for other than medical treatment.

His partner Georgina Matta, receptionist Amy Lee Gorgievski and doctor Hoong Pan Sze-Tho attended court for a committal mention.

The clinic has been linked to bikie gang members and Shane “Dr Ageless” Charter, who in turn was linked to the Essendon doping scandal.

A script from Dr Sze-Tho for 30 vials of Sustanon 250 – which is commonly used by people with low testosterone – alerted a pharmacist who in 2013 contacted police.

The script was handwritten. The pharmacist, aware that scripts from the doctor were normally computer-generated, contacted the clinic listed on the script and was told Dr Sze-Tho had not worked there for years.

The Herald Sun reports that a Department of Health audit at pharmacy near the clinic uncovered orders for “extraordinary” amounts of testosterone.

Dr Sze-Tho is facing 242 charges.

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