Chemist nabbed in drugs precurser sting
Sun June 17, 2012 3:40pm
A PHARMACIST has been charged over the unlawful sale of 191 packets of cold and flu medication through a Canning Vale pharmacy.
Police will allege the tablets could have led to the supply of at least $210,000 worth of methyl-amphetamine.
The 50-year-old Forrestdale man was charged following a search of Khan’s Market City Pharmacy yesterday.
The arrest was part of a joint operation between Organised Crime Squad chemical operations unit detectives, Proceeds of Crime squad, the Department of Health and The Australian Taxation Office.
The operation was targeting pharmacy sales of pseudoephedrine-based medication, through national monitoring program, Project Stop, which aims to divert the medicines from illicit drug manufacturers.
Police will allege that over a four-month period, a total of 191 packets of the medication were sold unlawfully through the pharmacy, and on two occasions, purchases were in excess of 55 packets to individuals without identifications.
The sales could have provided the basis for more than 100 improvised drug manufacturing sites and more than 475 grams of methyl-amphetamine, with a conservative street value of $210,000.
The pharmacist was charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act with two counts of possession of a certain substance or thing over a prescribed amount, and eight counts of possession of a certain substance or thing.
He will appear in the Armadale Magistrates Court on June 29.