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December 1, 2014
UK: Health store owner who sold illegal steroids must pay back more than $200,000
Ricky Thomas outside Aylesbury Magistrates Court in 2011 A former shop keeper who illegally sold steroids to bodybuilders must pay back more than £160,000 from his ill-gotten gains. Ricky Thomas, 28, of Pakenham Close, Aylesbury, made £207,635 from illegally selling a ‘considerable quantity’ of prescription-only steroids over the internet, for which he was jailed for 30 months in August 2014. A court heard he has assets worth £164,000 which have been ordered for confiscation under the proceeds of crime act. Thomas, who ran Health Zone in the Cloisters below Friars Square Shopping Centre was previously jailed for 14 months in 2012 after supplying customers with drugs commonly abused by bodybuilders including viagra, testosterone, Diazepam and breast-reduction drugs. Officers discovered the large quantity of drugs in cardboard boxes, as well as cash, after raiding the store in February 2011. Thomas had been prosecuted twice previously for similar offences. Investigation officer Christopher Yoxall, from the asset recovery team in the Economic Crime Unit said: “The Thames Valley Police asset recovery team is determined to remove assets from convicted criminals who benefit from their crime. “This case shows that anyone convicted of drug dealing will be pursued for their assets and not allowed to benefit with proceeds of their crimes.” http://www.bucksherald.co.uk/news/crime/health-zone-shopkeeper-who-sold-illegal-steroids-must-pay-back-more-than-160-000-1-6449192