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Health & Fitness Bodybuilder with £1m house and Ferrari is jailed for six years for his role in world's biggest-ever steroids gang that supplied gym users 'and top athletes'

18:55  14 november  2019
18:55  14 november  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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a man smiling for the camera: Nathan Selcon pictured above, has today been jailed for six years © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Nathan Selcon pictured above, has today been jailed for six years

A bodybuilder with a £1 million house has been jailed for his role in the world's biggest-ever steroids gang which may have supplied 'top-class professional athletes'.

Nathan Selcon enjoyed the flamboyant lifestyles of millionaires and ran a supplement shop.

The 45-year-old also had a lavish property in Milton Keynes and drove a fleet of expensive vehicles, including a Ferrari and a Range Rover.

Selcon today admitted conspiring to import steroids at the Old Bailey, after working as a fixer for Jacob Sporon-Fiedler.

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Sporon-Fiedler, 38, ran an Indian pharmaceutical company supplying four tonnes - worth up to £5 million each - a month to the European market. 

A National Crime Agency investigation identified around 42 tonnes of importations of illicit anabolic steroids into the UK. 

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Investigators believe the steroids - like those used by the London Bridge and Westminster terrorists - were sold on to bodybuilders, gym goers and possibly even top-class professional athletes.

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Sporon-Fiedler, a Danish national, lived in a luxury apartment in an exclusive area of Mumbai, funnelling his profits through bank accounts in Hong Kong, Singapore and the Seychelles.

His UK fixers, included former bodybuilding champion Selcon and Alexander Macgregor, 50, of Maidenhead, who owned CE corporate logistics in an adjacent unit to Selcon's store and had five Porsches which he enjoyed racing.

Gurjaipal Dhillon from west London, acted as a fixer for the group - arranging dozens of unlicensed steroid shipments from India into Europe.

Dhillon, 65, was found guilty of conspiring to import a class C drug following a six-week trial at the Old Bailey.

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The National Crime Agency (NCA) smashed the European arm of the business after a five-year probe starting when 600kg of anabolic steroids were seized at Heathrow in 2014.

Investigators believe the gang was operating as early as 2003 and have linked it to the importation of around 16 tonnes of steroids into the UK, with an estimated value of around £12 million.

Selcon, Macgregor and Mohammed Afzal, 34, from Slough, had set up a hospital standard bespoke air-conditioned laboratory on an industrial estate near Heathrow Airport to make their own branded drugs.

When the NCA raided the lab behind the four-star Sheraton Hotel - where Sporon-Fiedler would stay on trips to the UK - in March 2015, officers found packaging and labelling for £43 million worth of the class C drug.

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The group was also linked to another lab in Slough, which had produced around £10 million worth of steroids before it was raided by Thames Valley Police in 2009.

a close up of a door: Boxes of drugs were found stacked up in the back of a container © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Boxes of drugs were found stacked up in the back of a container

The NCA has evidence of at least £65 million worth of drugs but the true scale of the business could be much larger, with profits running into the hundreds of millions of pounds.

Sporon-Fiedler used encrypted computers and phones but otherwise ran his Alpha Pharma business as if it were a legitimate enterprise and it became one of the world's most well-known premium steroid brands.

Investigators were able to trace shipping consignments and follow phone traffic, while a notebook kept by Dhillon detailed the money coming in, with more than £600,000 worth of sales outlined on just one page.

The gang even had its own CCTV cameras pointed at their UK lab, which caught members clearing it out after Sporon-Fiedler tipped them off after his arrest in 2015.

He was granted bail with a £600,000 security payment - believed to be one of the largest amounts ever in the UK - which was raised to £700,000 after he researched citizenship in the Ukraine and Guatemala before being caught with £10,000 in his pocket.

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Sporon-Fiedler and Selcon admitted conspiring to import steroids at the Old Bailey, while Dhillon was found guilty of the charge.

Selcon, Afzal and Macgregor were found guilty of conspiring to manufacture steroids following a two-month trial.

At a sentencing hearing at the Old Bailey on Thursday, Judge Angela Rafferty QC said: 'I am satisfied this was a long-running, sophisticated and well managed operation and no (previous steroid case) is comparable to the scale of this particular conspiracy. This was exceptionally large.'

But she added that despite the risks, there was no evidence the steroids had been contaminated or cut with harmful bulking agents.

'I also accept the nature of these drugs are said to be less harmful than other class C drugs and that they are legal to import for personal use,' she said.

a screen shot of a smart phone: Messages between the gang reveal how much they had been moving between their networks © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Messages between the gang reveal how much they had been moving between their networks a close up of a brick building: The building above had housed the criminal activities, allowing the gang to continue operating © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The building above had housed the criminal activities, allowing the gang to continue operating

Sporon-Fiedler was jailed for five years and four months, while Selcon was sentenced to six years' imprisonment.

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Dhillon was handed five years' imprisonment and Afzal was jailed for two years.

Macgregor is due to be sentenced at a later date due to illness.

a close up of an engine: The machine above was used to make the drugs © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The machine above was used to make the drugs

NCA officers said they have not traced where the anabolic steroids ended up but said they were sold on the black market to be used by bodybuilders, sportspeople, gym users and even possibly top-class athletes.

UK Anti-Doping director of operations Pat Myhill said taking down the gang was a major victory but said that identifying athletes using the drugs is difficult.

He said: 'In this case, you really don't know where the substances have gone to.

'There is a huge bodybuilding market, there is a market in lower level sportspeople using these substances and, let's throw this one out there, the people who carried out the London Bridge and Westminster Bridge terror attacks were both assessed as being anabolic steroid users.

'I think when you look at the physiological and psychological effects of steroids, you can understand a bit more why a terrorist might use steroids. There is a benefit to a terrorist using anabolic steroids.'

In the UK, it is not illegal to possess anabolic steroids for personal use or bring them in to the country on your person, but it is illegal to supply them and import them.

'If Sporon-Fiedler thought he could trade class C illicit anabolic steroids and be beyond the reach of law enforcement, he was wrong,' NCA senior investigating officer David Cunningham said.

'Perhaps he was under the misconception that because it was class C perhaps law enforcement wouldn't be that interested but that's the mistake he made.

'It sends the message. There might be a perception that it's socially acceptable to take steroids - body image and bodybuilding - but I think this illustrates the point that you don't know what you're putting in your body.

'What went on in that lab to turn that powder into that liquid, who knows what damage that can do to you.

'There should be an awareness among the people who are taking these drugs that you don't actually know what you're getting.

'The case should illustrate the dangers of taking anabolic steroids and the risk if you get caught manufacturing or importing.'

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