Danish pharma tycoon, 38, behind world’s biggest-ever steroid smuggling gang faces jail after detectives found secret lab hidden in Heathrow shipping container that pumped out drugs worth millions
- Jacob Sporon-Fiedler imported 16 tonnes of steroids into the UK from India
- The kingpin, from Copenhagen organised the shipment of £12million of drugs
- His gang was also linked to two secret ‘Breaking Bad’ style labs making steroids
- Sporon-Fielder, the founder of healthcare from Alpha-Pharma, admitted conspiring to import steroids and will be sentenced tomorrow
Jacob Sporon-Fiedler, 38, the founder of healthcare firm Alpha-Pharma, imported 16 tonnes of performance-enhancing drugs into the UK from India
A Danish pharmaceutical tycoon behind the world’s biggest ever steroid smuggling gang in a conspiracy worth £65million is facing jail.
Jacob Sporon-Fiedler, 38, imported 16 tonnes of performance-enhancing drugs into the UK from India with the help of a gang including former champion bodybuilder Nathan Selcon, 45.
The kingpin – a former bodybuilder from Copenhagen – used an indirect route via the Ukraine and Frankfurt while organising the shipment of around £12million of illicit anabolic steroids into the UK.
But Sporon-Fiedler’s empire came crashing down when he was arrested in 2018 followed a four-year investigation by the National Crime Agency.
His gang was also linked to two secret ‘Breaking Bad’ style laboratories which had produced a total of £53m worth of steroids between 2009 and 2017.
The probe was launched in 2014 after more than 630kg of anabolic steroids and prescription medicines destined for Belfast were intercepted by Heathrow Airport border security staff.
Sporon-Fiedler, the founder of healthcare firm Alpha-Pharma, based in Mumbai, India, admitted conspiring to import steroids between March 2009 and April 2015.
He founded Alpha-Pharma Healthcare in 2005, a company which specialises in ‘high potency speciality drugs from the development to market’ according to his blog.
Five years later he founded Dune Medicare, a Copenhagen-based wholesale distributor but he retired as a director of that company in 2015.
Selcon, Mohammed Afzal, 35, and Alexander MacGregor, 50, manufactured £43m worth of steroids from a secret lab at a shipping container near Heathrow.
The container looked innocuous but an internal door revealed a ‘hospital standard laboratory’ where the pills were made before they were sold to bodybuilders on the black market.
Former champion bodybuilder Nathan Selcon, 45 (left) and Mohammed Afzal (right) were involved in manufacturing £43m worth of steroids from a secret lab at a shipping container near Heathrow
The gang was also linked to another lab in Slough that produced steroids worth around £10m before it was raided by Thames Valley Police in 2009.
Investigators found Sporon-Fiedler laundered tens of millions of pounds through a network of international bank accounts including five separate accounts in the Seychelles.
His contacts in the UK also made a fortune with Selcon owning a fleet of cars including a Ferrari and a Range Rover, as well as a £1m house.
The Dane’s righthand man in the UK, 65-year-old Gurjaipal Dhillon, was convicted of conspiring to import class C drugs after an Old Bailey trial in June.
Alexander MacGregor, 50, who helped produce £43m worth of steroids from a shipping container in Heathrow
Afzal, MacGregor and Dhillon were earlier convicted of the charge while Sporon-Fiedler and Selcon earlier pleaded guilty.
Sporon-Fiedler, Afzal and Dhillon face sentence tomorrow while MacGregor will hear his fate next year because he is suffering from health issues.
Earlier Cameron Brown, prosecuting, told jurors: ‘This case involves a container that was located on an industrial estate in Harmondsworth, near Heathrow Airport.
‘The container itself was positioned next to Unit 10, Skyport Drive.
‘The container, when delivered in March 2014, was converted and ready for use but was delivered empty.
‘However, when it was searched by officers from the National Crime Agency in March 2015, a year later, it had been converted into a laboratory given over to the production of anabolic androgen steroids.
The Dane’s righthand man in the UK, 65-year-old Gurjaipal Dhillon (pictured) was convicted of conspiring to import class C drugs after an Old Bailey trial in June
‘It had been set up to make the steroids in both injectable and tablet form.
‘Selcon and MacGregor are both linked to Unit 10, where the container was situated, through their respective businesses.
‘Selcon ran a sports nutrition business from the premises called Athlete King. MacGregor also ran a business from the premises, called CE Corporate Logistics (CECL).
‘Both Selcon and MacGregor were involved with the setting up of the container – Selcon can also be seen inside the container on a number of occasions.
‘CECL was licensed to wholesale steroids but not to manufacture them.
‘Strict safety procedures have to be followed in order to obtain a manufacturers licence, as you would perhaps expect, in order to reduce and prevent health risks to the public consuming those products.
‘Afzal can be linked to the operation through his attendance at Unit 10 on numerous occasions and the time that he has spent within the container itself.
‘Afzal had some expertise in the operation of these underground laboratories, having previously been involved in the setting up of one in 2009.
‘He was also linked to suppliers that have been used to supply items for use within the container.
‘The prosecution case against these individuals is that they were party to an illegal conspiracy to manufacture anabolic androgen steroids within the container at Unit 10.’
Selcon, of Maidenhead, Berkshire, MacGregor, of, Maidenhead, and Afzal, of Slough, were convicted of conspiracy to manufacture class C drugs between February 2009 and March 2017.
Sporon-Fiedler, of the Hyatt Hotel, Heathrow, and Selcon admitted conspiring to import class C drugs between March 2009 and April 2015.
Dhillon, of Southall, west London, denied but was convicted of conspiring to import class C drugs.
Sentencing was adjourned until tomorrow.
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