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June 15, 2015
UK: England's top judge warns of "evil" anabolic steroids
Jailed for 20 months ENGLAND’S most senior judge has warned of the dangers of steroid abuse after considering the sentence of a rail worker from Cornwall jailed for selling them to fellow bodybuilders. Stephen Pearce, 35, was jailed for 30 months by Judge David Ticehurst at Taunton Crown Court after admitting possession of a class C drug with intent to supply and smuggling the steroids into Britain from China. He appealed against his sentence but Lord Chief Justice Thomas, sitting at Exeter with two other appeal court judges last week, described the uncontrolled use of steroids as “evil” and said bringing them in from China was a very serious offence. Lord Thomas said: “We emphasise the seriousness of what he has done. Those who may consider it was not an offence are very mistaken. The evil that is performed by the uncontrolled use of steroid is well known. “He was a sole trader. He carried out the importation and knew the sums involved. He knew those he was supplying. It is agreed the drugs he imported had a street value of £58,000 and he made something in the order of £20,000 from dealing. “His role was somewhere between a significant one and a sole trader from his obvious knowledge of the importation. He cannot escape his involvement or the fact he made substantial financial gain. “This was not of the order associated with other types of drug dealing.” The judge reduced Pearce’s sentence from 30 months to 20 because he said the two charges amounted to a single course of conduct and the original sentence did not give him enough credit for his guilty plea. The original hearing heard that Pearce, of Whitehall Drive, Bridgwater, Somerset, worked as a railway engineer in the St Austell area at the time of the offence. He used steroids himself and started importing them from China after seeing them advertised on the internet. He went on to supply friends and fellow gym users over a number of months before a consignment of the drugs was intercepted by the customs service. Patrick Mason, defending, told the court Pearce was not involved in a web of criminality because he was operating on his own and selling to people he knew. He said his client is now using his occupational skills to teach engineering to other inmates while in prison. Read more: http://www.cornishguardian.co.uk/judge-slams-evil-steroids-bodybuilder-jailed/story-26679314-detail/story.html#ixzz3d8hnY2zD