Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Officer Loses Drugs Appeal

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Officer Loses Drugs Appeal

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A FORMER Cleveland police officer convicted of having illegal bodybuilding drugs has failed in an "ingenious" Court of Appeal attempt to clear his name.

Stephen Gary Foster, 35, landed a pounds 1,650 court bill after he was found guilty of two counts of possessing the Class C drug, stanozolol, at Sheffield Crown Court last November.

But Foster, of Sanderson Grove, Loftus, challenged his conviction, claiming he had not committed a crime since the drug may have been originally made for "medicinal" purposes.

His lawyer, Rod Hunt, argued that the drug, freely prescribed in other countries, might have been legitimate, since there was no evidence that it had been specifically manufactured for illegal body-building purposes.

Had that been the case and it had simply been repackaged for illegal use, it would not change the "medicinal" nature of the drug, he said.

But Lord Justice Laws, despite describing the appeal as "ingenious", said it was "without merit" and rejected the lawyer's challenge to the conviction. …

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