Body builder imported steroids from China

A body builder who admitted importing steroids from China is facing a possibility of spending 5 years in jail and having to pay a $110,000 fine.

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BULLIED at school for being fat, Brenton Dowell took up bodybuilding but became so obsessed he began illegally importing anabolic steroids from China.

He organised for more than three kilograms of testosterone – enough to last one person more than 60 years – to be mailed to him.

Dowell, 25, of Reservoir, pleaded guilty in the County Court yesterday to three counts of importing anabolic steroids and two counts of possessing the drugs. The maximum penalty is five years’ jail and a $110,000 fine.

Prosecutor Ashley Bird said Customs officers had seized three packages containing anabolic steroids between September and November 2010 that Dowell had arranged to be sent from China.

When customs officers raided Dowell’s home in 2010, he told them he was training to compete in weightlifting contests.

Judge Graeme Hicks will sentence Dowell on April 17.

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