Fitness club members jailed for steroid importDavid Newcombe, Kevin Lewis, and David Fletcher have been jailed due to importation of steroids and growth hormones in the Far East.

The three have been reportedly recruited to wire money to China and Thailand to purchase the drugs.

Teesside Crown Court heard that the trio were paid £50 every transaction and received a bottle of whisky for money transferring money, usually amounting to £3,000 to £4,000.

Newcombe was involved for three years and was able to transfer a total of £122,000, Fletcher made 60 transactions totaling to £191,000 while Lewis made 19 transfers totaling to £56,000.

Under UK law, import and purchase of steroids and other performance enhancement drugs is legal but the selling and distribution in the UK is illegal.

The three pleaded guilty before Judge George Moorhouse, to transfer of criminal property, knowing that the money came from sales of the products by plot leaders.

The three men seemed were recruited individually by others connected to the Darlington gym. They seemed not to know each other.

Fletcher received three years imprisonment, Newcombe received 18 months imprisonment and Lewis received nine months. Of the three Lewis played a minor role while Fletcher was found to possess 10 boxes of growth hormones in his home.