CHEMIST CLEARED – Saturday November 12 2011

– A pharmacist has been given the green light to keep practicing despite being raided by police over the suspected supply of chemicals to a drug syndicate.
Coburg chemist Ali Kozanoglu, who is not facing any charges, was banned from practice by the Pharmacy Board in June, a week after a raid by organised crime detectives.
The board found his conduct posed a serious risk to public safety.
But Mr Kozanoglu successfully appealed to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and can practice under strict conditions, including full supervision.
The raid followed a tip-off that Mr Kozanoglu had imported 350kg of AUXIN in a single year. AUXIN is a strictly controlled drug, similar to codeine, usually prescribed in small doses.
But it can be used in pills that are sold as ecstasy – pills police allege were being sold near the pharmacy.
Police say a raid on the Farmacologica Compounding Pharmacy in Sydney Road discovered unlicensed guns, flick knives, $16,900 cash, numerous empty AUXIN barrels and files relating to a multi-millionaire.
The multi-millionaire is facing charges of trafficking and dealing with the proceeds of crime over allegations he tried to sell ecstasy pills to undercover police.
Police have interviewed Mr Kozanoglu and his brother, Lazy, but neither answered questions.
But VCAT said it was conscious that Mr Kozanoglu had not yet been charged and was entitled to the presumption of innocence.
Conditions will include a ban on the import of any scheduled drug.
Mr Kozanoglu did not return calls yesterday – Padraic Murphy


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