Steroid dealer faces jail

Nottingham Crown Court.
Nottingham Crown Court.

A man found guilty of dealing anabolic steroids from the gym he owns in Hucknall has been told to expect a prison sentence.

Andrew Morrison, 48, of Sandy Lane, Hucknall, was arrested at the Muscle Gym Factory at Alexandra House, Watnall Road, on Wednesday, November 13 2013.

A jury at Nottingham Crown Court last week found him guilty of having in his possession a large selection of different anabolic steroids, worth a total of £9,048, with intent to supply.

After the verdict, recorder Dooley told Morrison to expect a custodial sentence.

Morrison was also found guilty of acquiring, using or having in his possession criminal property worth £7,338, contrary to the Proceeds Of Crime Act 2002.

He was also found guilty of possessing prescription-only medicine -- namely 180 tablets of tamoxifen and 670 tablets of Sildenafil.

Tamoxifen is a hormonal therapy normally used to treat breast cancer. However, it has been linked to bodybulding for many years. Sildenafil is a drug used to treat erectile dysfunction and is contained within Viagra tablets.

Morrison was also found guilty of possessing a business material bearing a sign identical to, or likely to be mistaken for, a registered trade mark, namely Cialis, with a view to using it for advertising goods. Cialis tablets are used to treat erectile dysfunction.

The three-day trial, from December 7 to 9, saw barrister Sarah Munro prosecute Morrison on behalf of the Crown.

Morrison was given strict bail conditions whilst the prosecution prepare pre-sentence and Proceeds of Crime reports. He is due for sentencing at Nottingham Crown Court on February 22 2016.

Anabolic steroids are class C drugs, which can only be sold by pharmacists with a prescription.

They mimic the effects of the male hormone testosterone and are sometimes taken without medical advice to increase muscle mass and improve athletic performance. If used in this way, they can cause serious side effects and addiction.

It is illegal to possess, import or export the drugs if it’s believed you’re supplying or selling them. This includes giving them to friends.

The penalty is an unlimited fine, or a prison sentence.