Dark Web Steroid Distribution Case: A Birmingham person, a bodybuilder by profession has received a suspended sentence owing to a steroid distribution case. The accused has been identified to be Mantas Kaupas of Weoley Castle, Birmingham aged 35 years has admitted that he had bought, produced and distributed steroids for one year between February 2018 and February 2019. As per the prosecutor Andrew Davidson at Birmingham Crown Court, Kaupas had purchased some “raw ingredients” that he has used to produce steroids on the dark web.
The prosecutor has stated in the court that customs officials at the Stansted Airport had intercepted a package to the defendant in December 2018 that seemed pretty suspicious. The package contained a kilogram of 2,4-Dinitrophenol (DNP), which is an organic compound that is occasionally used as a weight loss agent. Law enforcement (LE) has obtained a search warrant issued for Kaupas’s residence.
Back in February 2019, police had executed a search warrant at the accused’s residence. Inside the house, they had found over a hundred testosterone vials and unidentified pills numbering over a thousand. The police had also seized the accused’s phone and have successfully recovered a number of incriminating text messages. From these text messages, they learnt that the accused had 23 customers at the minimum. During the sentencing hearing, the court has heard that one of the customers have spent £970 on five steroid packages that Kaupas had offered.
“Between February 2018 and February 2019, you were involved in purchasing, producing, and selling anabolic steroids. You produced over that period a relatively large quantity of steroids but I accept you had been using significant quantities yourself. You sourced the raw ingredients to produce these drugs by the Dark Web from countries such as China and India.”– Judge Paul Farrer QC
The judge, Farrer had sentenced the accused to eight months in prison while the accused had also received suspension sentence for eighteen months. The judge said that the lenient sentencing has been done based on Kaupas’s lack of priors. Kaupas has also been ordered complete three hundred hours of community service in addition to the suspended sentence.
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