AN AMATEUR bodybuilder used steroids and growth hormones for years to build up his body.
When people at the gym asked Royston Crotty what he was using he agreed to get some for them.
But that decision led to his appearance in court.
Crotty, 48, admitted illegally importing steroids and growth hormones from China and possessing the class “C” drugs with intent to supply between December, 2010 and April, 2013.
Crotty, of Chester Road, Oakenholt, received a 12 month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months when he appeared at Mold Crown court on Friday.
He was also placed on a four month tagged curfew to ensure he remains indoors between 7pm and 6am.
He said he supplied a small number of people who were also interested in body building but Judge Philip Hughes said he could not ignore a commercial element because on the figures. He had spent £10,000 a year for four years on the imported items.
“You pleaded guilty on the basis that you are a regular user and you accept you supplied to a small number of fellow users who also had an interest in bodybuilding.
“However it is an aggravating feature there is plainly some significant commercial element in what you were doing over quite a long period of time.
“That emerges from the amount of money you were spending. I cannot ignore that.”
The judge said he took into account that Crotty was a man of previous good character who was suffering significant health problems and was in continuous pain.
Jonathan Austin, prosecuting, said police executed a search warrant at Crotty’s home after customs officials at Heathrow checked a parcel marked “cosmetics” on its way from China to the defendant’s home.
They found a significant quantity of steroids and growth hormones together with £3,450 in cash.
Adam Watkins, defending, said Crotty had not realised it was illegal to import them for personal use. He and others openly used them at the gym and when asked by others he had supplied them.
He had been a regular user of gyms for 24 years and initially used the drugs to bulk up. In more recent times he had used them to lose weight and to help with his health problems.
Crotty, a former forklift truck driver at Shotton Paper, had suffered a painful, degenerative condition in his neck for which he had received surgery. More operations were planned.
He and his wife had two young children and his parents lived next door and the defendant helped to care for his father.
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