Gym-goers jailed for 'cooking' steroids on camping stove and selling them online
David Smith and David Pierce imported raw materials for steroids from Pakistan and both admitted to conspiring to produce and supply a Class C drug
A pair of gym-going men who imported raw materials from Pakistan to ‘cook’ their own steroids and sell them though a website have been jailed.
David Anthony Smith and David Martin Pierce each received 15 months at Mold Crown Court.
Smith, 26, of Mancot Way, Mancot, and Pierce, 25, of Bryn Garmon Cottages, Gwernaffield near Mold, both admitted conspiring to produce and supply steroids, a class C drug.
Pierce also admitted conspiring to import diazepam, also a class C drug.
Prosecuting barrister Sarah Morgan said in May of last year customs officials at Parcelforce Worldwide International Hub in Coventry intercepted a parcel for Pierce.
Addressed to Pierce at his place of work at the Pinfold Industrial Estate in Buckley, it had come from Lahore in Pakistan and was found to contain 3,000 diazepam tablets.
A similar package addressed to him was found a couple of weeks later.
When he was arrested at his place of work, Pierce said: “I have only been cooking it up for a few months.”
He said he had been using a camping stove, reports the Daily Post.
Computer equipment and his phone were seized during a search of his then home in Hawarden.
In a separate development a large number of tablets belonging to Smith were found in a garage in Saughall. They included steroids.
A prosecution expert told how most of the steroids seized were in their raw powdered form which could then be made into injectable solutions.
When Smith’s phone was examined, texts showed he was bemoaning the fact that he had been “grassed up”.
He complained that he was still getting daily orders worth £1,000 but could no longer fulfil them.
Other texts suggested he was trying to sell off stock the police had not found.
Smith admitted importing steroids in powdered form and then selling it via a Fusion Pharma website they had set up.
Pierce admitted importing hormones and cooking them on a camping stove with oil and sterilising alcohol to form liquid.
Lloyd Morgan, for Smith, said he started using steroids in a gym and made the foolish decision to supply them to other gym users.
Claire Jones, for Pierce, said that he had been beaten up, went to the gym to build up his confidence, and became involved in steroids.
This was production of steroids to be offered for sale on a fairly significant scale,” he said.
The two of them were in it to make money, they had taken the risk and now had to face the consequences.
“This was a business with its own website, it was an on-going commercial venture,” he said.
“The manufacture and sale of steroids is prohibited by law.
“They produce side effects which are very well documented. The two of you deliberately decided to ignore the law to make money. It is so serious that only immediate custody can be justified.”