Steroid dealer has cancer
A 60-year-old Aranui man sentenced for dealing in illegal steroids is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer - identified as one of the possible consequences of anabolic steroid use.
Judge Alistair Garland said the backyard, amateur steroid-dealing operation by Rodney Leonard Bailey and his co-offender, 44-year-old Phillip James Musson, obviously risked causing serious harm to consumers.
Bailey was given a seven-month home detention sentence for a mail-order steroid-dealing operation that was making profits with a mark-up of between 2000 and 5000 per cent.
Bailey told Musson in a text in December 2012 that their profit for one week was $7515.
The street value of the medicines they were caught with was $121,000.
Musson has admitted 156 charges, plus two charges of forgery, and is in custody for sentencing in September.
Bailey was at first a customer, but became a business partner and took over the distribution role after Musson came under investigation by the Ministry of Health.
Bailey pleaded guilty to 55 charges under the Medicines Act of unlawfully possessing, importing, and selling prescription medicines, and appeared for sentencing in the Christchurch District Court yesterday.
Judge Garland said it was ironic that Bailey said there were no victims when he himself had been diagnosed with prostate cancer after long-term anabolic steroid use.
Bailey is a sickness beneficiary who works part time as a gardener. He was sentenced to seven months of home detention at his home in Aranui, with six months of post-release conditions to follow.
He is not allowed to purchase or possess alcohol or illicit drugs and he will have to undergo assessment and rehabilitation as required by his probation officer.
He was ordered to pay $1500 for the ministry's testing costs, and the judge ordered all the medicines and equipment to be destroyed.