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illegal drugs Final member of worldwide €70m steroid distribution gang is jailed


Alexander MacGregor

Alexander MacGregor

Alexander MacGregor

An initial seizure in Belfast triggered a major police investigation that led to a final member of a global anabolic steroid distribution network being given a 17-month jail sentence this week.

Alexander MacGregor (52) from Dorney Reach near Maidenhead, was found guilty of conspiring to manufacture steroids on April 4, 2019, following a two month trial at the Old Bailey.

The National Crime Agency investigation focused on the activities of Jacob Sporon-Fiedler, the CEO of Indian-based company Alpha Pharma.

Sporon-Fiedler worked with a network of UK-based fixers, responsible for arranging dozens of unlicensed shipments of drugs from India into Europe, and then distributing them.

Co-conspirator Nathan Selcon, also from Maidenhead would sell them to body builders and fitness fanatics on the black market after the illegally imported drugs - made by Sporon-Fiedler’s pharmaceutical company in India – were shipped to the UK.

Selcon, MacGregor and another man, Mohammed Afzal, set up a purpose built illicit steroid laboratory where raw powder would be converted into a liquid solution that could be injected and sold in vials.

One lab operating on an industrial estate in Harmondsworth was raided and shut down by the NCA in March 2015. Evidence indicated it had been running for around four years.

MacGregor, Selcon and Afzal were found guilty of conspiring to manufacture steroids on 4 April 2019, following a two month trial at the Old Bailey.

The other members of the group were sentenced to a combined total of 18 years in jail in November 2019.

Last week, MacGregor received a 17 month prison sentence for his role in the conspiracy.

He remains subject of a Proceeds of Crime Act financial investigation to prevent him benefitting from his criminality.

NCA branch commander David Cunningham said: “This organised crime group was the most prolific of its kind ever uncovered, a global player.

“They had the ability to move tonnes of steroids into Europe, but they could also manufacture the products themselves from the raw materials, and that is where MacGregor came in. We estimate the labs he was involved with made products worth more than £45 million on the black market.

“The important thing to remember is that all of these drugs were completely unregulated and unchecked, therefore they posed potentially major health risks to those who used them.

“But this is something MacGregor and his co-conspirators did not care about. They were just in it for the money.

“An initial seizure in Belfast in 2014 triggered this wide-ranging investigation, and our officers are continuing to take action under the Proceeds of Crime Act with a view to identifying and seizing assets obtained by these individuals.

“As part of that we have already restrained more than £1 million assets linked to MacGregor, with potentially more to follow.”

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