A personal trainer from London was today sentenced by Harrow Crown Court to 31 months in prison for selling and supplying unlicensed and prescription drugs, as well as anabolic steroids, which are classified as Class C under of drug abuse regulations. Neil Hone was also convicted of money laundering of around £ 80,000.
The charges came after the Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) investigated the activities of a website, operated by Hone, which offered drugs and drugs for sale.
The investigation also identified a bank account through which the proceeds of the criminal operation were laundered.
When questioned, Hone declined to comment on the findings and his connection to the website. He subsequently pleaded guilty to the charges.
Medicines that do not hold a Marketing Authorization (a license that allows legal sale and supply) cannot be guaranteed to meet the quality and safety standards required in the UK and may harm your health. health. Anabolic steroids are known to be abused by bodybuilders and are controlled by drug abuse laws.
Andy Morling, head of the law enforcement group at the MHRA, said:
It is a serious criminal offense and a danger to the public to sell unlicensed or prescription drugs in this manner.
If a medicine is not authorized, there is no guarantee that it will meet the standards for quality, safety and efficacy required in the UK. This can endanger the health and well-being of those who consume them.
Prescription drugs are strong and should only be taken under medical supervision.
We work closely with regulatory and law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute those involved in the illegal sale of prescription and unauthorized drugs.
If you believe that you have been offered a drug illegally or have information about a suspected or known illegal drug trade, please contact the MHRA.
Notes to editor
Neil Hone (birthdate: 10/10/1975) is from Flat 2, 223 Hendon Way, London and claims to be a personal trainer.
The Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency is responsible for regulating all medicines and medical devices in the UK. All of our work is backed by solid, fact-based judgments to ensure that the benefits justify the risks.
The Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency has three centers. The MHRA, the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) and the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD). The agency is an executive agency of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs.
If you believe that you have been offered a drug illegally or have information about suspected or known illegal drug transactions, please contact us, the MHRA, on 020 3080 6330 (weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or outside. opening hours on 07795 825 727. Or email us at [email protected]
Anabolic steroids are Class C drugs under the Drug Abuse Act 1971 and should only be provided when permitted under the Drug Abuse Regulations 2001, e.g. they are sold by pharmacists to fill a medical prescription.
Under the 1971 law, it is not illegal to possess limited amounts of anabolic steroids for personal use. However, possession or importation for the purpose of supply (which includes giving them to friends) other than in accordance with the 2001 Regulations is illegal and punishable by up to 14 years in prison, or a fine. or both.