A Police officer has appeared in court in connection with alleged drug dealing. Police Constable Darren Gilbert Towers is said to have been involved in a plot to supply anabolic steroids.
The Northumbria Police officer appeared briefly at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court to face three separate charges yesterday. Towers, 41, is a competitive body builder who has taken part in competitions at a national level.
The powerfully-built police officer appeared in court smartly dressed and spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address. Towers, of Jarrow, South Tyneside, has been suspended on full pay by bosses at Northumbria Police while the case progresses through the courts.
Towers faces one count of conspiring to supply a class C drug. He faces two charges of willful misconduct in a public office, for which the maximum penalty, if found guilty, is life in prison. Towers appeared in the dock alongside two other men.
Co-defendant Martin Robert Flett, 27, of Ely Way in Fellgate, Jarrow, faces one charge of conspiracy to supply a class C drug. Martin Fannan, 34, of Hudson Avenue, Horden, near Peterlee in County Durham faces a similar charge.
Anabolic steroids fall into the category of Class C drugs – making them similar in status to prescribed tranquillisers. Details of the charges against all three men were not read out in court other than confirmation that the drugs allegedly involved were anabolic steroids.
None of the three men were asked to enter pleas and magistrates were told that because of the serious nature of the charges the matter would need to be committed directly to Crown court.
They will all have to appear at Newcastle Court on Thursday, July 8. The men were granted unconditional bail. Towers didn’t speak to either of his co-defendants as he left court with his solicitor.
A statement from Northumbria Police said: “Darren Towers, 41, a serving Northumbria Police officer, has been charged with conspiracy to supply steroids and two counts of misconduct in a public office.
“Martin Flett, 27, of Ely Way, Fellgate, South Tyneside, and Martin Fannan, 34, of Hudson Avenue, Horden, County Durham, are both charged with conspiracy to supply steroids.”
Towers has publicly spoken about his bodybuilding in the past. Back in 2006 he competed in the final of the UK National Bodybuilding Championships. He revealed how he made it to the final of the competition by following a rigorous training regime and diet programme.
Towers revealed how he stuck religiously to a diet of protein rich foods including turkey, sweet potato, vegetables, rice, porridge in addition to protein supplements.
Apart from his eating programme, Towers revealed how he trained an average of six to seven days-a-week using a combination of gruelling weights sessions with cardiovascular workouts.