Cops go hard on viagra dealer, but no stiff justice in court

WHEN William Bruce Woodward picked up a few viagra tablets in Thailand, he should have known he'd be in for a hard time.

The Dalby man returned from his holiday to Asia in February, the tablets in his luggage.

He said the law was soft on him at first, as customs officers took the undeclared tablets, examined them, and returned them without incident.

Once he got back to Dalby in February, he decided to share a few with his friends. They were such a hit, he said, that he thought it would be wise to sell them on.

Woodward took to Toowoomba's Buy, Swap and Sell site on social media, selling the Black Ant King tablets for $80 a hit.

On April 9, the police arrived at his house with a warrant, searching the place and seizing 94 tablets, kept in several small metal containers.

Woodward said he did not realise it was illegal to possess the pills; the state counters that they contained a schedule 4 restricted drug, Sildenafil.

Sildenafil relaxes muscles found in the walls of blood vessels and increases blood flow to particular areas of the body.

Lawyer Brad Skuse said "perhaps they didn't have the desired intent, your honour, and he tried to sell them on."

Magistrate Graham Lee fined Woodward $600 but did not record a conviction.

Woodward left the courthouse and told the Dalby Herald he was surprised to have his home raided for his Thai souvenir.

"I didn't know what was going on. I had gels with me as well, which the coppers left with me, and they took the black ant, which has the same drug in it," he said.

When asked if the pills worked he said "they were real good - brilliant." 



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