UK: Indian-origin pharmacist jailed in London for supplying illegal drugs

London: A UK court has sentenced an Indian-origin pharmacist to 18 months in prison for supplying a drug addict with illegal over-the-counter drugs. According to a court report, 67-year-old Dushyant Patel, a London pharmacist with more than 40 years of experience, illegally possessed, supplied or prescribed Class C drugs or drugs to a drug user for months in 2020 under UK law was supplied. By ‘Norwich Evening News’. Local police identified Patel as a suspect four months after the death in Norwich, eastern England, of Alisha Siddiqui, whose body was found at a city property in August 2020.

According to local media reports, an initial post-mortem examination on Alisha Siddiqui was inconclusive, but toxicology results were to show that she died of a prescription drug overdose. Her phones were analyzed and showed frequent communication with Patel between January and August 2020.

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Patel was jailed at Norwich Crown Court earlier this month after pleading guilty to two counts of supplying a Class C controlled drug between March and August 2020. Sentencing him to 18 months in custody, Judge Alice Robinson said it was a “serious breach of trust” by the pharmacist.

There was also communication regarding transactions related to the sale of prescription drugs, including Class C drugs, over-the-counter, such as zolpidem and zopiclone.
The court was told that Patel had not been charged with any offense in relation to his death, only with the supply of illegal drugs.

He and his wife ran a pharmacy in East London, which the trial heard had a “background” to the crimes as they had supplied Siddiqui with “under the counter” drugs over the course of a few months. The prosecution said that he was receiving money in return.