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A personal trainer has been sentenced to 31 months in jail for selling and supplying unlicensed and prescription medicines, along with anabolic steroids, which are scheduled as class ‘C’ drugs.

The Crown Court in Harrow sentenced London-based Neil Hone who was also found guilty of money laundering around £80,000.

“Medicines that do not hold a marketing authorisation (a licence which permits legal sale and supply) cannot be guaranteed to meet standards of quality and safety required in UK and can harm your health,” the medicines regulator MHRA said on Friday (May 28).

Anabolic steroids are known to be abused by bodybuilders and are controlled by Misuse of Drugs legislation.

Andy Morling, head of enforcement group at the MHRA, said: “It is a serious criminal offence and a danger to the public to sell unlicensed or prescription medicines in this way.

“If a medicine is not authorised, there is no guarantee that it meets quality, safety and efficiency standards required in the UK. This can endanger the health and welfare of people who take them.

“Prescription medicines are potent and should only be taken under medical supervision.

“We work closely with regulatory and law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute those involved in illegal sale of prescription or unlicensed medicines.”

The charges against Hone were brought after the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) investigated certain activities on a website, operated by the convict, which offered medicines and drugs for sale.

The investigation also identified a bank account through which the proceeds of the criminal operation were laundered.

When questioned, Hone refused to comment on the findings and his connection to the website. He later pleaded guilty to the charges.

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