Coach faces 291 steroid charges

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 16:20 07/11/2012

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A sports coach and personal trainer has been remanded in custody on charges of selling anabolic steroid medicines that have not been approved.

Phillip James Musson, 44, of Bishopdale, has also been summoned to appear in court tomorrow on 291 charges.

The Health Ministry and the police allege that the day after being summoned he posted two more packages containing seven medicines to New Zealand customers.

He was arrested and appeared before Judge Gary MacAskill in the Christchurch District Court today.

The judge heard that Musson was on bail on other charges when the latest alleged offences occurred.

Prosecutor Anselm Williams said the ministry alleged that Musson had become a significant importer and supplier of performance and image-enhancing drugs such as anabolic steroids.

He said ministry and police investigators had found evidence of drugs being imported or manufactured, and packages from Musson had been intercepted, as well as many text messages.

Musson has been charged with seven offences under the Medicines Act of selling Phoenix Biotech products that do not have the provisional consent of the minister of health for distribution.

Duty solicitor Shannon-Leigh Litt said Musson was self-employed and worked 50 hours a week.

He was a sports coach and personal trainer, and she sought his release on bail under strict conditions.

Judge MacAskill refused bail but granted permission for Musson to apply again when he made his next remand appearance on November 21.

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