Christopher Kirkby was convicted as a steroid dealer this summer. He is going to prison for the next few years as a result. But Kirkby still found a way to provide for his young family while he is incarcerated.
While most young steroid dealers seem compelled to blow all of their money on exotic sports cars, fancy watches and other materialistic pursuits, the 30-year old Kirkby saved his money and planned ahead for a rainy day. And that rainy day turned out to be the highly probable event that the underground laboratory (UGL) with which he was involved would be busted.
When Kirkby learned that the UK domestic UGL that he worked with had been busted in December 2016, he quickly moved forward to invest his savings towards making the lifelong dream of opening his own gym a reality. Within a few months, Kirkby was celebrating the grand opening of “Kirkby’s Gym” in Shefford on January 18, 2017.
Kirkby’s incarceration will undoubtedly hit his family very hard. Kirkby has a wife and three little girls who will be only have an opportunity to see their father through prison bars for the few years. At least Kirkby seemed to prepare for this likely outcome when he set up a gym business that will financially provide for his family while he is locked up.
Kirkby was one of 17 individuals involved in a sizable domestic steroid trafficking organization based in Wales. The domestic UGL imported over £2 million in raw steroid powder from China and distributed large quantities of finished steroid product throughout the United Kingdom and internationally from as early as May 1, 2013 until December 2, 2016.
A jury convicted Kirkby of producing and conspiring to supply a Class C drug (anabolic steroids). While Kirkby was not the owner of the UK domestic UGL, he received one of the longest prison sentences when Caernarfon Crown Court Judge Huw Rees sentenced him to 3 years and 4 months in prison on July 20, 2018.
The longest prison sentences were reserved for the leaders of the operation. UGL owner David Jenkins was sentenced to 6 years in prison. Father and son Andrew Dodd and Macauley Dodd were each sentenced to 5 years in prison.
Kirkby found a way, albeit illegal, to make a lot of money in a short period of time. Unfortunately, the probability that a popular UK domestic steroid source will eventually be busted is very high. And Kirkby was predictably arrested, convicted and incarcerated.
Kirkby’s Gym appears to be thriving in spite of the legal woes of its founder. Kirkby resigned as the company director and divested himself of any controlling interest in the commercial gym prior to being convicted. Thanks to Kirkby’s planning, Victoria Kirkby and their children will hopefully benefit from a nice revenue stream thanks to the gym while Kirkby is away.