8 Jun 2011

Former champion bodybuilder on drug charges

12:02 pm on 8 June 2011

A former champion New Zealand bodybuilder has appeared in the Wellington District Court on drug charges.

Justin Rys, 31, faces two charges of importing the drug GBL, also known as fantasy.

Mr Rys was arrested last month at Wellington Airport when Customs officers became suspicious about two packages arriving from the United States.

The packages are alleged to have contained 1.2 litres of the Class B controlled drug smuggled in nail polish bottles.

Justin Rys, a former holder of the Mr Oceania title, has been remanded in custody to reappear in court later this month.

He cannot apply for bail in the district court, but is expected to make an application for bail in the High Court, though no date for a hearing has been set.