A world- renowned bodybuilding champion who masterminded a £500,000-a-year drugs operation from his home in Lichfield had assets worth £185,000 confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act yesterday.
Simon Fan (32), who owned the Three Spires Gym in the City, was jailed for six-andahalf years in January this year and told if he did not pay the money by next May he could face up to a further three years in prison.
Fan, of Harrington Walk, Lichfield, pleaded guilty at Stafford Crown Court to conspiracy to supply cocaine, possessing amphetamines with intent to supply and three charges of possession including the date rape drug GHB.
Peter Haynes, prosecuting, said in January that Fan was selling cocaine worth £4,000 a week and other drugs valued at £300,000 a year.
"He was a major distributor and friends in the dock with him helped him benefit from his trade. They knew what he was doing and they knew what they were doing. The foundation of the drug trade was involved in providing steroids to body builders."
At yesterday's hearing at the same court, co-defendant James Colreavy (27) also of Harrington Walk, was told to pay £12,000 before May next year or face a prison sentence.
After the hearing Det Sgt Nick Jones of Staffordshire Police Financial Confiscation Unit, said that since April this year £750,000 of drug pushers' assets had been seized.
"The police and the courts are sending out a message that if you deal in drugs we will find your assets and remove them.
"Defendants are having to sell property in meet the confiscation order," he said.