An Indian-born pharmacist who illegally supplied over-the-counter drugs to a drug addict has been sentenced to 18 months in prison by a UK court.
According to a court report, Dushyant Patel, 67, a London pharmacist with more than 40 years of experience, supplied Class C drugs or drugs that are illegal under UK law for possession, supply dispensed or prescribed for multi-month drug users in 2020 of the ‘Norwich Evening Bulletin’.
Local police identified Patel as a suspect four months after the death in Norwich, eastern England, of Alisha Siddiqi, whose body was found at a business in the city in August 2020.
According to local media reports, the initial autopsy on Alisha Siddiqi was inconclusive, but toxicology test results showed that she died from a prescription drug overdose.
Her phone was analyzed and showed regular contact with Patel between January and August 2020.
Patel was jailed at Norwich Crown Court earlier this month following a trial when he was found guilty of two counts in connection with the supply of a Class C controlled drug to another person over a period of time. from March to August 2020.
Sentencing him to 18 months in prison, Judge Alice Robinson said the pharmacist had “a very serious breach of trust”.
There is also information regarding transactions involving the sale of prescription drugs including class C drugs, over-the-counter, specifically Zolpidem and Zopiclone.
The court was told that Patel had not been charged with any crime in connection with her death, only one count of supplying illegal drugs.
He and his wife operated a pharmacy in east London, which the trial found was the “background” for the offenses when he supplied Siddiqi with drugs “under the counter” for several months. .
The prosecution said he received money in exchange.
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