Health store steroid dealer from Aylesbury pleads guilty

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A DODGY chemist who ran an illegal trade in prescription drugs and steroids from an Aylesbury health store has admitted breaking the law.

On Monday Ricky Thomas, 25, who ran Health Zone in the Cloisters indoor market when it was raided by police, pleaded guilty to three offences.

The store was searched on February 1, when officers discovered large quantities of steroid-based drugs from all over the world.

Thomas, of Portman Mews, Aylesbury, admitted possession of Class C drugs with intent to supply, possession of medical products knowing them to be marketed without authorisation.

He also pleaded guilty to one count of possession of medical products with intent to supply.

After the hearing at Aylesbury Crown Court, sitting in Amersham, the officer dealing with the case said Thomas had used a legitimate business to run the illegal operation.

Det Sgt Steven Ring, from the Thames Valley Police Major Crime team described the drugs on sale from the store, in basement at the Friars Square Shopping Centre as ‘dangerous’.

He said: “I am pleased that Thomas has realised there is no other option but for him to admit guilt in this offence.

“He was using a legitimate business to front his illegal trade in prescription drugs and steroids, which were being imported from dubious suppliers from around the world.

“In shutting down this operation, Thames Valley Police has taken a significant amount of dangerous drugs off of the streets.”

Thomas is set to be sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court on January 13.