Acquittal for client charged with multi-million pound conspiracy to manufacture, import, export and distribute drugs
September 01, 2020
Narita led the team who secured acquittals for client charged with multi-million pound conspiracy to manufacture, import, export and distribute Anabolic Steroids (Class C drugs).
Arrests were made after the large volumes of drugs were seized at a London airport.
This prosecution resulted from a growing epidemic of anabolic steroid use among image-obsessed young people. Experts have suggested that the Crime Survey for England and Wales profoundly underestimated that just under 60,000 people a year take the drugs, which mimic the effects of testosterone and boost muscle growth.
The immediate effects of the steroids, which can include high blood pressure and aggression, those who work with users say people are taking increasingly high doses and for longer periods, putting them at risk of depression, heart problems and even long-term cognitive damage.
The Prosecution alleged that the client was one of six individuals involved, in the mass manufacture and production of anabolic steroids, in specialist laboratories within the UK.
The Prosecution sought to rely upon evidence against the client, of his company and business dealings, spanning over 9 years.
The case involved having an extensive knowledge of Medical Health Regulatory Association Regulations, Guidelines and Home Office licensing procedures. After extensive preparation and representations by the defence team, the Prosecution agreed to Offer No Evidence against their client alone.
The trial continued for the remaining five defendants who were convicted.