Greyhound trainers charged with possession of prohibited drugs

Detectives investigating race fixing and irregular betting in greyhound racing have charged two trainers over the alleged possession of euthanasia drugs and steroids.

In 2016, the Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) Regulatory Branch referred reports of irregular betting within the industry to the NSW Police Force.

The Organised Crime Squad's Casino and Racing Investigation Unit established Strike Force Inbob to investigate the reports.

As part of their investigation, strike force detectives executed two search warrants at properties at Yarramundi and Seaham on Tuesday 4 April 2017, and spoke with two men, aged 42 and 45.

Investigators seized veterinary pharmaceuticals and steroids, as well as ammunition, which police allege was not stored safely, a magazine, and knuckle dusters.

Police suspended the 42-year-old man’s firearms licence due to the ammunition not being stored safely.

The veterinary pharmaceuticals were tested at the GRNSW drug testing laboratory, where it was identified the drugs contained ‘Pentobarbital’, also known as ‘Pentobarbitone’ and used by veterinarians to euthanise animals, and various testosterone-based steroidal agents.

Following further inquiries, strike force detectives served Future Court Attendance Notices on two men on 19 September 2017.

The 42-year-old Yarramundi man was charged with holder of category A or B licence not have approved safe storage, possess prohibited drug 'Pentobarbital/Pentobarbitone', and possess anabolic or androgenic steroidal agent.

The 45-year-old Seaham man was charged with possess ammunition without holding a licence, possess prohibited weapon, possess prohibited drug 'Pentobarbital/Pentobarbitone', and possess anabolic or androgenic steroidal agent.

Both men, who are greyhound trainers, are due to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday 7 November 2017.