Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• A laboratory believed to be used in the supply of illegal steroids has been discovered following a multi-agency operation on Thursday (6 December).
A laboratory believed to be used in the supply of illegal steroids has been discovered following a multi-agency operation on Thursday (6 December). The Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) carried out a number of warrants across Kent and Oxfordshire, in conjunction with Kent Police, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
During the warrants officers uncovered a lab in Sittingbourne, Kent, which is believed to have been used to create counterfeit drugs and medicines, along with a substantial amount of Class C drugs – believed to be steroids. Gary Sayer, from ERSOU, said: “This was clearly an established operation in relation to the creation and supply of illegal drugs so we were really pleased with the results of the warrants. The sale of such drugs is not only illegal, but the drugs can have extremely dangerous consequences to anyone taking them. I would like to urge the public to think twice before buying any type of medicine or drugs online.”
Two men were arrested as part of the operation and have been released under investigation pending further enquiries. Tariq Sarwar, Head of Operations at MHRA, said: “It is a serious criminal offence to illegally sell medicines online and we work tirelessly with law enforcement colleagues to identify and prosecute people that put public safety at risk. Criminals who sell medicines over the internet are exploiting vulnerable people and have absolutely no regard for your health. Visit www.gov.uk/fakemeds for tips on buying medicines safely online and how to avoid unscrupulous sites.”
UK Anti-Doping’s Director of Operations, Pat Myhill, said: “Steroids are banned in sport via the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List, and can have hugely damaging effects to health. It is imperative that anyone thinking of taking steroids, be they an athlete who could receive a lengthy ban from sport or a member of the public, be aware of the significant risks to health, including heart attacks, strokes, infertility and liver and kidney failure. To uncover such an established operation is a pleasing result and highlights the importance of collaboration between multiple agencies, as well as the importance of receiving intelligence. If you have any suspicions regarding doping in sport, please share this information with us.”
If you have suspicions of doping by an athlete, or a coach, manager or supplier who may be encouraging or enabling doping, please get in touch:
UKAD Intelligence and Investigations team
Call: 020 7842 3443
WhatsApp: +44 (0)7587 634711
Report Doping in Sport hotline run by CrimeStoppers: 08000 32 23 32
Secure online form here: https://forms.theiline.co.uk/UKAD
• This media release was published by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) on 6 December 2018. Click here for the original.
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