A former bodybuilder was today jailed for five years over the illegal importation of anabolic steroids.
Mark William Rainbow, 43, was sentenced in Auckland District Court after earlier admitting breaches of the Medicine Act 1981 including importing, possessing and supplying prescription and other medicines.
Rainbow imported medicines from Thailand in May 2008 that had been concealed in bottles falsely labelled “Gay Lube Oil“.
The contents were then transferred into bottles labelled with the name of Rainbow’s trading company, SSIS Pharmaceuticals. The products he sold were not of a pharmaceutical standard and their lack of quality assurance posed a real risk to those using them.
Medsafe investigators, working with customs and police, found Rainbow supplied these unapproved medicines to at least three people.