A pharmacist has warned gym enthusiasts against ‘gambling with your life’ after a Luton man was jailed for supplying thousands of pounds worth of steroids.
Police officers discovered a haul of the body-building and performance-enhancing drugs at the home of Parbez Ahmed, 23, when he was arrested for an unconnected offence last May.
Along with the large quantity of steroids, packaging material, lists of customers and accounts for the business were recovered.
Investigations showed that Ahmed, of Paisley Close, used health and fitness forums and blog sites online to advertise the drugs which he supplied across the UK.
Further enquiries revealed more than £100,000 had passed through his bank account and that of his partner, Sophia Camburn, 20, in the form of PayPal transactions and money transfers.
Ahmed pleaded guilty to charges over the supply of class C drugs and money laundering.
He was jailed for two years at Luton Crown Court on April 2.
Camburn admitted the offence of money laundering and was sentenced to a 12-month community order with supervision.
She was also given a two-month curfew between 7pm and 6am and ordered to attend the Stepping Stones Project.
Following the convictions a stark warning has been given against those thinking of buying substances online.
Tess Dawoud, NHS Luton Clinical Commissioning Group senior pharmacist, said: “Criminals involved in the supply of medicines and other drugs have absolutely no interest in your health; it is simply your money they want.
“We recommend that prescription and pharmacy medicines are always obtained from a legitimate high street or registered online pharmacy.
“Buying medicines from any other source is a risk; you have no idea what you are taking, how it will affect you.
“In short you are gambling with your life.”
Detective constable Ian Williams, who investigated, added: “Ahmed was making a large amount of cash from the illegal supply of steroids.
“There has been an increase in the use of steroids by both women and men who are looking for a short cut to looking good– but they are incredibly dangerous and pose serious risks to health and also the risk of addiction.
“This case shows just how serious we take such matters and should serve as a warning to anyone thinking about getting involved in the use or supply of steroids.
“We will continue to work hard to protect our communities from drugs and associated crime.”