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Dipton man sent on steroids from Asia to addresses in USA
A MIDDLE man who aided the illegal importation of steroids to the USA from Asia was paid “a modest sum” for his contribution, a court was told.
Customs officials on anti-smuggling duties intercepted a consignment of the muscle-building aid sent from Lahore, in Pakistan, addressed to Gavin Park, in Dipton, near Stanley, County Durham, at an international parcels depot in Coventry, on December 18 last year.
Durham Crown Court heard that there was no declaration as to the contents of the package, but, on examination, it was found to include more than 1,500 anabolic steroids of different types.
Police raided Park’s home, in Tennyson Gardens, on February 13, and found various steroids, plus, “evidence of a package sent from Singapore”.
Adrian Dent, prosecuting, said examination of telephone exchanges indicated regular calls to numbers in Pakistan.
Park told investigators that he had the steroids for his personal use and admitted importing them, but later said he had acted as a “shipping agent” for someone called “Naved”.
Mr Dent said: “He would be sent them with an address and delivery details to send them on to the USA.”
Mr Dent said Park admitted receiving “a small amount of money” for forwarding one of the parcels, but was unsure of how much he made.
A drug valuation officer confirmed the total estimated worth of the contents of the package in UK prices was more than £2,000, but with the potential to yield £8,662 in individual street sales.
Shaun Routledge, mitigating, said it was accepted Park received only “modest reward” for his actions to assist his own income, which was “not high”.
Thirty-three-year-old Park admitted evading a prohibition on the importation of drugs.
Judge Christopher Prince imposed a four month prison sentence, suspended for a year, and ordered Park to perform 200-hours’ unpaid work for the community, and pay £670 costs.