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Carlow man had Viagra in bulk because he "had sex every morning and evening"

CourtsBy Shuki Byrne
Conroy bought the Viagra in bulk as he "had sex every morning and evening"
Conroy bought the Viagra in bulk as he "had sex every morning and evening"

A Carlow man who was found to have a large quantity of anabolic steroids and hundreds of Viagra tablets for supply has been found guilty.

David Conroy, who ran Muscle Works Gym at Closh Business Park in Carlow, told investigating gardai he bought the Viagra in bulk as it was cheap and he "had sex every morning and evening". 

According to a report in The Nationalist, Conroy told gardai that having steroids was "like having food in the press" and that "it was all down to perspective". 

The court heard the steroids discovered by gardai were commonly used by aspiring body-builders, and that Conroy was found to have 4,800 tablets and 260 vials estimated to be worth €7,000. 

He denied six counts of keeping for supply prescription-only medication products and a further five charges of placing the drugs on the market. 

An enforcement officer from the Irish Medicines Board told the court Conroy first came to light after an anonymous tip-off. His partner was subsequently stopped by gardai who, upon discovering she was not insured to drive, seized the vehicle. 

They found two boxes of medicine and contacted the Irish Medicines Board. 

Mr Conroy was interviewed two days later and said the quantity he had was 'normal' because he and his girlfriend were taking them. He also said he "had sex every morning and evening" and bought the Viagra in bulk as it was cheaper. 

He also refused to tell gardai where he bought the medicines: "I'm not going to sit here and give you names. I'm not a rat."

He denied there were commercial quantities of steroids for sale, telling gardai he had taken steroids for 15 years. 

The court heard gardai and enforcement officers searched the gym and discovered 400 tablets and 22 vials, which included testosterone for body-building. They also found a copy book and torn up pieces of paper with names of drugs and price lists written beside them. 

Judge Colin Daly said he was satisfied of the case made against Conroy and found him guilty of 11 counts. 

He deemed Conroy's offences to be on the "upper end of the scale" due to the amount of drugs he had and "the consequences that they would have on other people". 

He adjourned sentencing until January.