A disgraced pharmacist has been deregistered after selling £ 1million worth of prescription drugs to black market dealers in a Breaking Bad-style operation.
Blakeet Khaira used his mother’s West Bromwich business, the Khaira Pharmacy, as cover and was paid for his crimes.
He even went so far as to impersonate his mother when asked about the drug racket, according to Birmingham Live.
The 37-year-old man has made more than £ 59,000 from the illegal trade, selling drugs usually prescribed for pain relief or to treat anxiety and insomnia.
Khaira admitted five charges of supplying a controlled Class C drug and was jailed for 12 months in February at Birmingham Crown Court.
A panel of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC) has now ruled that Khaira’s fitness to practice is impaired and that he has violated professional standards.
He was removed from the GPC register.
The panel report said, “Khaira has diverted large amounts of controlled drugs, over 29,000 packages, from the secure supply chain.
“These drugs are controlled to protect the public and, once provided illegally to another person, there is a significant risk that these potentially addictive drugs have been used by people without the advice of a clinician and without a real need. drug clinic. , and without dosage instructions.
“There is no evidence of actual harm, but there was undoubtedly a high risk to the public.”
He added: “The committee determined that Khaira’s illegal behavior was so serious that it brought the profession into disrepute.
“It was not a minor conviction for a matter unrelated to the profession.
“This conviction involved the blatant abuse of a pharmacist’s privileged position to divert a large quantity of controlled drugs, thus putting the public at risk.”
The crimes echoed Breaking Bad, a TV hit starring a former chemist and chemistry teacher who began selling the stimulant methamphetamine.
West Midlands Police officers visited the High Street Pharmacy following an investigation by the Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Records uncovered at the pharmacy revealed that hundreds of thousands of doses of diazepam, nitrazepam, tramadol, zolpidem and zopiclone had been purchased from wholesalers – but only a small amount was dispensed with a prescription.
More than 800,000 pills were missing, which Khaira later admitted to selling to drug traffickers.
The investigation began following allegations that the pharmacy was selling large quantities of prescription-only drugs without a prescription.
When medical authorities emailed the company, Khaira impersonated her mother – claiming everything was in order and there was “nothing to do here”.
He also said he was “shocked and blinded” by the accusations before forging evidence in an attempt to clear his name.
The convict eventually told police that he supplied the drugs to a group of people after meeting someone in a gym.
The drugs would be collected by a “facilitator,” Khaira admitting that some of the money received went to her account rather than the pharmacy cashier.
Khaira, of All Saints Drive, Sutton Coldfield, declined to provide information on who these people were or who he sold to.
Her mother – who was arrested in connection with the crimes – was not involved in any of the criminal activities.
During the conviction, judge Heidi Kubic QC told her: “These are serious offenses.
“For a period of 18 months, between February 2016 and August 2017, you authorized the diversion of five different types of Class C addictive drugs to the black market in significant quantities.
“Some 29,000 packages were thus diverted.
“The pharmacy was run by your mother and your activities led to her being shut down even though she had done nothing wrong.”
The court heard that Khaira had been a graduate pharmacist since August 2009 and had worked for the family business for several years.
It had taken his mother 30 years to set up her business, but her reputation had been completely tarnished since her son’s offense.
Grant Powell, the MHRA law enforcement officer who led the case, said: “It is a serious criminal offense to sell drugs in this manner that are controlled, unlicensed or only dispensed on arrangement.
“Anyone who sells drugs illegally could exploit vulnerable people and clearly has no respect for their health or well-being. Only prescription drugs are strong and should only be taken under medical supervision.
“We are working closely with regulatory and law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute those involved.
“If you believe that you have been offered a drug illegally, or if you have information about a suspected or known illegal drug trade, please contact the MHRA.”