A 34-year-old man, Mr X of Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, was today sentenced at Southwark Crown Court to 12 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, for illegally supplying Class C controlled drugs and possessing Class C controlled drugs with intent to supply.
He was also given a six-month supervision order and an unpaid work (community order) of 100 hours.
Mr X was found to be dealing in Prescription Only Medicines such as the breast cancer drug tamoxifen, as well as unlicensed erectile dysfunction medicine and Class C controlled drugs, specifically anabolic steroids.
The MHRA was alerted to a website believed to be selling the medicines illegally and test purchases were made. Intelligence also revealed that Corbersmith owned a gym in Walton-on-the-Naze and had a related website called http://www.slchealth-fitness.com.
Checks confirmed the man held no licenses with the MHRA and was therefore unable to sell or supply medicines in the UK.
MHRA investigators, assisted by officers from Essex police, visited the business premises where the illicit stash was found stored in a locked cupboard underneath the gym.
MHRA Head of Operations Danny Lee-Frost said, “When you buy a medicine from an unregistered website you will never know the condition that product has been made in, shipped in or stored in.
“On top of that, you might be receiving a product that reacts adversely with any other medication you might be on.
“Mr X was illegally supplying Prescription Only Medicines which should only be given under the direction of a GP and in accordance with a prescription.
“This type of dangerous business dealing poses a great risk to public health as you simply don’t know what you are taking.”