Body builder walks free over raw steroids haul
A Polish body builder who admitted importing almost two kilos of raw steroids in a “well planned, well organised operation” walked free from court after his two-year jail term was suspended for three years.
Omagh Crown Court, sitting in Belfast yesterday, heard that over the course of a year from January last year to January this year, officers from the UK Borders Agency and Customs and Excise seized 1.72 kilos of various body building powders at Heathrow Airport, having been sent from China, destined for 30-year-old Mariusz Bak's home address in Dungannon.
Prosecuting lawyer Robin Steer told the court that as well as the class-C drugs, officers also intercepted a metal press capable of making “thousands” of tablets in a day, 13,000 printed labels and during searches at Bak's home in Castleview Heights, uncovered a receipt for the purchase of 1,086 glass vials and “paper work for the delivery of steroids”.
Arrested in September 2010, Bak, who was running a Dungannon gym at the time, admitted importing the steroids but claimed the tablet press was to be used to make protein tablets as a body supplement.
However, Mr Steer said that just two months after his arrest, officers discovered that Bak had ordered more steroids, giving rise to the fear that he was attempting to “replenish his stock”.
Bak, who moved to the province six years ago, pleaded guilty to possessing the class C steroids with intent to supply and also to importing the drugs.