A WORLD powerlifting champion and gym owner from St Ives has been ordered to repay £114,000 as his benefit from crime after he sold banned steroids to people all over the world.
David Gladwell, 37, of Trelawney Avenue, St Ives, ran a “professional” business selling the drugs online, which can be used by athletes to make themselves stronger and more muscular.
In January he was sentenced to 20 months in prison suspended for two years after pleading guilty to nine counts of possessing different types of steroid – Class C drugs – with intent to supply and possessing a prohibited weapon, a CS gas spray.
At Truro Crown Court on Friday, Gladwell was ordered to pay £114,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act – money found in two of his bank accounts and restrained by police after his arrest in July 2012.
Detective Constable Mark Heffer, from the Cornwall Financial Investigation Unit, said the money would go into a central pot and some of it would eventually come back to Cornwall to be used in community projects.
He said: “Crime doesn’t pay for him but it helps out the community.
“It was a good result after a joint investigation between our unit, Penzance CID and the drugs liaison officers.”
Detective Constable Heffer added that Gladwell, who was found to have various substances valued at £56,000 in his possession when police raided his home, was one of the biggest steroid suppliers in the country. He said: “He was quite an interesting player and was very highly regarded in the scene.
“He knew what he was doing; it was a very professional operation.”
The court previously heard that at the time of the offences Gladwell was running the Evolution Gym at St Ives Rugby Club.
He had also won a number of powerlifting titles, including one last November at the World Powerlifting Union Championships in the Netherlands.
Gladwell was ordered to carry out 200 hours’ unpaid work and made subject to a three-month curfew between 9pm and 7am daily after his conviction.
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