Pharmacist who sold stolen medication on Facebook: ‘It was an absolute shock’

A pharmacist has been arrested after he was allegedly selling stolen medication online on Facebook.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested at his home in Perth after allegedly selling prescription medication to a man who has not been named, police said.

The 27-year-old man had been buying prescription drugs on Facebook and allegedly bought an “extremely potent” painkiller from a pharmacist who then posted a message on the page to sell the drugs, Perth Magistrates Court heard.

The accused, who has a lengthy criminal record, was taken to the Western Australian Police Station, where he was arrested on Monday.

Police allege the man, a 25-year old man from Perth, was “using his Facebook account to sell and advertise illicit drugs”.

He allegedly bought three painkillers worth more than $20,000 and a bag of “extremely dangerous” pills.

Police said the man had allegedly “taken advantage of the widespread availability of drugs on social media sites” to sell illegal drugs online.

The court heard he was a “highly sophisticated user” of social media, who was known to police for other offences.

The police alleged he was involved in a “significant number” of offences, including possession of a firearm.

The judge also found he had been convicted of possessing an illegal firearm, and possession of an unlicensed firearm.

He is due to appear in the Perth Magistrate’s Court in March.