Ex-North Carolina officer charged with selling testosterone

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CLAYTON, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina police officer who was once honored as his department’s “officer of the year” has been charged with making and selling a steroid that promotes muscle growth, according to court documents.

Former Clayton Police Officer Owen Phillips, 40, was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver testosterone; sale and delivery of testosterone; and manufacture of testosterone, the documents stated.

Prosecutors said Phillips made and sold testosterone between April and July 2020.

The Johnston County District Attorney and the Clayton Police Department’s then-chief asked the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation in August to review allegations of failure or neglect to perform official duties by Philips and his possible use and sale of a schedule three controlled substance, bureau spokeswoman Angie Grube wrote in an email to The News & Observer.

Phillips was named the Clayton Police Department’s Officer of the Year in 2015 and the Town of Clayton’s Employee of the Year in 2017, according to the town’s website. He resigned from the department in August, days before the investigation against him was opened, news outlets said.

It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney who could comment for him.

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