Gym owner caught red-handed with £38,000 worth of anabolic steroids

A gym owner and drug dealer who was caught with more than £38,000 worth of anabolic steroids claimed he was trying to create a "safe environment" for users, the Hull Daily Mail reports.

Simon Flinders was jailed after police executed search warrants at the Metro Gym in Hull and at his home in the nearby village of Welton on October 5, 2018.

Prosecuting barrister Rachel Scott told Hull Crown Court: "There were nine separate packages with the names of individuals who were to receive them.

"Police searched a cupboard in the gym and found a number of boxes of syringes and needles. Behind the till officers seized a number of tablets and a large amount of cash which had not been counted."

Police found 88mm vials of anabolic steroids as well as 1,700 tablets at the gym. A further search of Flinders home and his car uncovered over 300 vials and over 9,000 tablets.

It is estimated that the total value of the steroids found would have made £38,286 on the street.

Flinders, who was previously convicted of selling Class B drugs in 2003, was jailed for 12 months after being sentenced for three counts of possession with intent to supply anabolic steroids, a Class C drug.

Defending Flinders, Mark Savage claimed he was trying to "do the right thing in the wrong way" for those who use anabolic steroids.

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Mr Savage said: “In what was his profession he was fully aware of the abuse of steroids and he will say that he was simply trying to make a safe environment.

"He concedes that he could have and should have dealt with matters differently.

“He has tried to assist in educating those who would use steroids and to use them sensibly. There is a large market for steroids.

“It is not deflecting culpability. His concern is that those who use steroids do so with education and knowing the side effects.

"It does not excuse what he has done.”

Jailing Flinders, Recorder Algazy said he used the gym as "criminal venture".

He said: "Looking at matters reducing the seriousness of your criminality in this particular series of offences there is little that can be said on your behalf.

"That you tried to do the right thing in the wrong way, I am unimpressed by that submission.

"I am equally unimpressed by the argument that you are not seeking to deflect responsibility and the remarks made by you recently are unfortunate to say the least."

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