( one other press report claims the steroid oils were hidden in sachets )
A Darwin police officer who illegally imported steroids and then lied to colleagues about it escaped a criminal conviction.
Constable Sandor Bolgar, 33, pleaded guilty in the Darwin Magistrates Court yesterday to importing a form of testosterone he ordered from Bucharest, Romania, over the internet.
Commonwealth prosecutor Claire Wyatt said the package was intercepted when it arrived in NSW in September last year, and Bolgar’s home was searched after the contents were tested.
Police officers later seized his computer hard drive, and also found a syringe.
Ms Wyatt said Bolgar told the search officers that he had never taken or bought steroids, and knew they were illegal to import without permission.
He said two money transfers to Europe were to his Hungarian father. But police found he had spent time on body building websites, including sites about injecting steroids, and had been to the shop and shipping pages of a steroid website.
Bolgar’s lawyer Peter Maley said that Bolgar had since been prescribed a similar substance by a doctor, and had ordered the steroids for $400 because he had been feeling lethargic.
Mr Maley said Bolgar lied to police officers because he panicked and was humiliated in front of his wife and two small children.
He said Bolgar had a good record and would have to “run the gauntlet” of the Ethical and Professional Standards Command.
Police spokeswoman Amy Sloan said last night the command was considering the court findings.
Magistrate Sue Oliver said in sentencing it was unlikely Bolgar would reoffend.
She put him on a 12-month good behaviour bond, without recording a conviction.