Jacob Sporon-Fiedler smuggled over 15,000 kilograms of Alpha Pharma products.
Jacob Sporon-Fiedler was the founder and chief executive officer of a legally-registered Indian pharmaceutical company called Alpha Pharma Healthcare. The only problem was that Sporon-Fiedler also conspired to illegally divert massive quantities of Alpha Pharma products to the androgen black market in Europe.
Sporon-Fiedler pleaded guilty to “fraudulent evasion of a prohibition by bringing into or taking out of the UK a controlled drug” in “The Old Bailey” on June 28, 2018. He admitted to being the mastermind behind a massive smuggling operation that involved at least 15,000 kilograms of anabolic steroids between 2009 and 2015.
The 38-year old was sentenced to five years and four months in prison on November 14, 2019.
The Alpha Pharma founder was arrested after a 4-year investigation.
The arrest and prosecution of Sporon-Fiedler was the culmination of a four-year investigation by the UK National Crime Agency (NCA) and the UK Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
The investigation began when UK Border Force officers seized 630 kilograms of Alpha Pharma-branded anabolic steroids destined for Belfast in 2014.
NCA investigators built a case against Sporon-Fielder and his UK-based co-conspirators with the help of law enforcement agencies in 26 different countries.
Police were ready when Sporon-Fielder arrived at London Heathrow Airport on an inbound flight from India on March 26, 2018. Sporon-Fielder was arrested and taken into custody.
NCA branch commander David Cunningham described Sporon-Fiedler’s Alpha Pharma group as one of the larger, if not largest, global player in the underground androgen black market.
“Sporon-Fiedler thought that by orchestrating this network from abroad he was untouchable, but following his arrest he found we had so much evidence against him he felt he had no choice but to plead guilty.”
Cunningham also suggested that the NCA investigation resulted in additional criminal investigations around Europe.
“We have managed to directly link him to 16 tonnes of illegal steroids imported into the UK, however it is likely this group were responsible for far more. Intelligence supplied by the NCA has triggered multiple seizures and criminal investigations by law enforcement partners across Europe.”
Sporon-Fiedler worked very closely with two men to distribute Alpha Pharma steroids within the United Kingdom and Europe – Gurjaipal Dhillon and Nathan Selcon. These two men were crucial to the success of the UK-based distribution network.
Dhillon was described as the “fixer” who used his contacts to arrange massive shipments of steroids into the United Kingdom via Ukraine and Germany.
Selcon was Sporon-Fiedler’s number one distributor of Alpha Pharma products within the United Kingdom.
Dhillon and Selcon will join Sporon-Fiedler in prison. Dhillon was sentenced to five years. Selcon was sentenced to six years.
NCA. (November 14, 2019). Jailed – the pharma boss who ran ‘world’s biggest’ anabolic steroid distribution network. Retrieved from nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/news/jailed-the-pharma-boss-who-ran-world-s-biggest-anabolic-steroid-distribution-network