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Stiff fine for for rip-off Viagra

AN ELI Waters man thought he was in for a good time when he ordered more than 400 doses of generic Viagra online - but the fun turned into a flop when he was raided by police.

Matthew Leigh Cooke's huge stash of illegally-imported medication popped onto police's radar during a search by police "bikie" taskforce in Eli Waters.

The 42-year-old was found with 256 tablets, 136 oral gels and sachets of Kamagra, a drug which used to treat erectile dysfunction, the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court heard on Monday.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Michael Quirk said the drugs were found by Taskforce Maxima, the police unit put together to tackle organised crime related to outlaw motorcycle clubs.

Kamagra contains the same active ingredient as Viagra, sildenafil citrate, and requires a doctor's prescription.

The court heard Cooke would not have been able to legally acquire such a large volume of the drug.

Sgt Quirk said the raid, conducted on February 5, also found a number of used syringe needles disposed of in a plastic soft drink bottle.

Cooke, who represented himself in court, pleaded guilty to unlawfully possessing a restricted drug and failing to correctly dispose of a syringe needle.

But in court, Cooke was confused as to why police linked him with bikies.

"I do not know any (bikies). I have never even met one," he said.

Cooke said he had purchased the drugs online for personal use, despite previously have a prescription from a doctor.

"It was getting too expensive," he said.

He appeared confident and unfazed when put forth his defence in the delicate matter and admitted it was cheaper to buy the drug in bulk.

Cooke said he was unsure where the used needles in the drink bottle came from.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell fined Cooke $500 for possessing the drug and failing to correctly dispose of the needles.

Cooke was also fined $250 for failing to provide his details to police as requested on February 12.

Topics:  drugs, guilty plea, hervey bay, online



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