‘Victim’ had almost £160,000 of illegal steroids

‘Victim’ had almost £160,000 of illegal steroids

By David Parker | 19/11/2021

‘Victim’ had almost £160,000 of illegal steroids


POLICE searching the home of an alleged burglary victim found a stash of performance-enhancing drugs worth almost £160,000.

David Horton (56) was charged with possession with intent to supply class C drugs after officers uncovered a variety of anabolic steroids.

Mr Brian Russell, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court last Wednesday that police officers had been called to a report of an aggravated burglary at  Howlett Drive in Brinsworth in September 2019.

“They noticed some damage to the patio doors but, while searching the premises, they found a substantial quantity of what turned out to be anabolic steroids of class C,” he said.

Mr Russell said officers had also found lists of the various types of steroids Horton (pictured above) had kept, with various calculations of their worth.

The drugs had a total estimated street value of £158,299, the court heard.

A police spokesperson confirmed there had been a report of aggravated burglary at Horton’s address but no suspects were ever identified.

Anabolic steroids are prescription drugs which are often taken without medical advice to increase muscle mass and improve athletic performance.

They are legal to own for personal use but it is illegal to sell them or give them to other people.

Banned by most professional sporting bodies, they can cause a range of side effects including infertility and baldness in men, body hair and problems with periods in women, heart attacks, high blood pressure and blood clots.

Recorder Mark Cooper gave Horton a 12-month jail sentence, suspended for two years.

He ordered him to complete 160 hours of unpaid work and up to 12 days of rehabilitation activity requirement.

A Proceeds of Crime Act hearing will take place on April 22 to determine how much Horton made from selling drugs.