Jacob Sporon-Fiedler made tens of millions illicitly selling Alpha Pharma products on the black market before being caught and sent to prison.
Russell Tyner, the Crown Prosecutor for the International Justice and Organised Crime Division, and his prosecutorial team have provided extensive details regarding the Alpha Pharma operation during the sentencing hearing for Alpha Pharma CEO and founder Jacob Sporon-Fiedler at the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales on November 13-14, 2019.
Alpha Pharma kingpin Jacob Sporon-Fiedler was the undisputed mastermind behind the steroid smuggling operation. Sporon-Fiedler arranged the manufacture of Alpha Pharma steroids in India. But he had a lot of help with distribution of the products throughout Europe.
How were Alpha Pharma Healthcare products diverted to the European black market?
Gurjaipal Dhillon was Sporon-Fiedler’s “right hand man”. Dhillon made frequent trips between London and Alpha Pharma headquarters in Mumbai. He operated as the “fixer” who used his contacts to arrange the diversion Alpha Pharma products to the European black market.
Dhillon accomplished this through the creation of a bogus company called Chesslet Research. Dhillon used Chesslet Resarch to import Alpha Pharma shipments from India to the United Kingdom (via the Ukraine and Germany). The shipments contained boxes of steroids that were mislabeled with false descriptions and misleading information.
Sporon-Fiedler also partnered with bodybuilder Nathan Selcon (the owner of Athlete King in Harmondsworth) to help distribute Alpha Pharma products throughout the United Kingdom.
Selcon was probably the biggest wholesale distributor of Alpha Pharma products in the United Kingdom. However, Selcon also produced his own brand of underground laboratory steroids on the side. This was apparently done independently of Alpha Pharma.
Selcon partnered with Alexander MacGregor (the owner of CE Corporate Logistics or CECL). Selcon and MacGregor shared the same business address at the Skyport Trade Park Heathrow. The two men set up a clandestine laboratory hidden inside a green shipping container located on their business premises. Selcon and MacGregor recruited Mohamed Afzal to help brew their own UGL brand.
Lengthy prison sentences for everyone.
Jacob Sporon-Fiedler, Gurjaipal Dhillon and Nathan Selcon were each convicted of conspiracy to fraudulently evading the prohibition of a controlled drug for their respective roles in the Alpha Pharma operation.
- Sporon-Fiedler was sentenced to 5-years and 4-months in prison.
- Dhillon was sentenced to 5-years in prison.
- And Selcon was sentenced to 6-years in prison.
In addition, Nathan Selcon, Alexander MacGregor and Mohamed Afzal were found guilty of conspiracy to produce controlled drugs of Class C for their respective roles in the UK-based UGL (that operated independent of Alpha Pharma).
- Selcon was sentenced to another six years in prison but was allowed to serve the prison term concurrently.
- Afzal was sentenced to 2-years in prison.
- MacGregor’ sentencing has been delayed until next year due to health problems.
CPS. (November 14, 2019). Bodybuilder and his associates jailed over illegal steroid ring. Retrieved from https://www.cps.gov.uk/cps/news/bodybuilder-and-his-associates-jailed-over-illegal-steroid-ring