Sunday 16 December 2018

Steroid dealer who failed to pay fine gets last chance to avoid jail

Stock image
Stock image

Tom Tuite

A gym instructor who ran a business illegally advertising and selling anabolic steroids through a Facebook page has been given a last chance to avoid jail.

Agris Bremsmits (34), originally from Latvia but who has an address at Alderwood Green, Springfield, Tallaght, Dublin, pleaded guilty last year to nine charges under the Irish Medicines Board Act for unlawfully selling products which required a prescription.

In lieu of a jail term, in October 2017 at Dublin District Court, he was fined €5,000 and ordered to pay €3,500 in prosecution costs within 12 months.

It followed investigation by the Health Product Regulatory Authority (HPRA), the State's medicines watchdog agency.

However, the case resumed yesterday when Judge John Brennan heard Bremsmits has not paid anything against the fine or the order for costs in the year since the case was last before the court.

Defence counsel Matthew Holmes pleaded for more time to be granted to his client who remained silent during the hearing.

Judge Brennan told him he was getting one more chance to pay the fines and costs as he adjourned the case until a date in January.

The case will be finalised on the next date, he warned.

The probe began after the HPRA received a complaint from the mother of an 18-year-old who had bought steroids through Bremsmits's 'Steroids Ireland' Facebook page.

She was tidying her son's bedroom and was shocked to find used needles, Judge Brennan heard when evidence was given last year.

On November 16, 2015 customs officers detained a package from Bulgaria that was addressed to the gym worker.

It contained 190 vials and 1,200 tablets.

His home was searched a month later by HPRA officers and gardaí.

A further 200 tablets and 37 vials were recovered. They also found evidence he had been running the Facebook page, which he admitted.

Another package was also detained while it was being sent by post to him.

Irish Independent

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News