With fines of 900 euros each, the Kassel judiciary has drawn a line under a procedure that has been going on for more than three years.
The two defendants, a 50-year-old man from Kassel and a 31-year-old man from Spangenberg, were sentenced for violating the German Medicines Act.
Because both men were absent yesterday in front of District Judge Ferchland, the verdict took the form of orders of punishment.
The two men, a Turk and a German, were accused of having ordered anabolic steroids and drugs in February 2015 in Bulgaria and Romania, which are used in sport as doping agents to build muscle.
The supplies from the Balkans came to Germany, but not into the trade, because the police had the action long on the screen. Before the defendants were able to resell the anabolic steroids, the packages were secured with around 200 ampoules of testosterone Sustanon and 1600 ampoules of testosterone Depo from Bulgaria.
Romania had seized 25 kilograms of anabolic steroids, which are often used by bodybuilders to build muscle mass, as well as other medicines.
How did the Arrest Happen?
In these two acts, the defendants, through their lawyers, had accused each other of being the principal perpetrators and had described their own role merely as aiding and abetting. Because this could not be clarified today any more, these two proceedings were stopped.
On 25 February 2015, police officers searched the apartments of the two defendants in Kassel and Spangenberg, seizing large quantities of medication. The penalty orders of 90 daily rates of 10 euros each related exclusively to these offences.
The seven witnesses summoned to the trial did not have to testify yesterday. The two defense attorneys showed no inclination to object to the judgments, which thus became final.
The defendant from Kassel has not yet been convicted, the one from Spangenberg has a previous conviction on his account, but according to the defense counsel is about to graduate from high school and apparently wants to rearrange his life.