A disgraced pharmacist was fired after selling £ 1 million worth of prescription drugs to black marketeers in a Breaking Bad-style operation.
Blakeet Khaira used his mother’s shop in West Bromwich, the Khaira Pharmacy, as cover and was paid as hush money for his crimes.
In fact, according to Birmingham Live, he went so far as to pretend he was his mother when questioned about drug extortion.
The then 37-year-old made more than £ 59,000 trafficking and selling drugs usually prescribed for pain relief or to treat anxiety and insomnia.
Khaira admitted five charges of a Class C controlled drug delivery and was sentenced to 12 months in prison in Birmingham Crown Court in February.
A panel of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC) has now decided that Khaira’s ability to practice is impaired and that he has violated professional standards.
He has been removed from the GPC register.
The panel’s report read: “Khaira has diverted huge quantities of controlled drugs, more than 29,000 packages, from the secure supply chain.
“These drugs are controlled to protect the public, and if they have been illegally supplied to someone else, there is a significant risk that these potentially addictive drugs could be consumed by people without a doctor’s intervention and with no real clinical need for the drug , and without dosage instructions.
“There is no evidence of actual harm, but it was clearly a high risk to the public.”
It added: “The committee found that Khaira’s illegal behavior was so serious that the profession would fall into disrepute.
“This was not a minor conviction for anything unrelated to profession.
“That conviction involved the blatant abuse of the privileged position of a pharmacist to divert large quantities of controlled drugs and thereby endanger the public.”
The crimes mirrored the TV smash hit Breaking Bad, which featured a retired chemist and chemistry teacher who started trading the stimulant methamphetamine.
West Midlands Police officers visited the High Street Pharmacy following an investigation by the Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA).
Records discovered at the pharmacy showed 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 by prescription.
More than 800,000 pills were missing, which Khaira later admitted to selling to drug dealers.
The investigation began after allegations that the pharmacy was selling large quantities of prescription drugs without a prescription.
When medical authorities emailed the store, Khaira pretended to be his mother – claiming that everything was fine and that there was “nothing to see here”.
He also said he was “shocked and taken by surprise” by the allegations before falsifying evidence to clear his name.
The convict eventually told police he delivered the drugs to a group of people after meeting someone in a gym.
The drugs would be picked up by an “intermediary”, with Khaira admitting that part of the money received went to his account and not to the pharmacy till.
Khaira of All Saints Drive in Sutton Coldfield refused to provide any information about who these people were or to whom he had sold.
His mother – who was arrested in connection with the crimes – was not involved in any of the criminal activities.
Judge Heidi Kubic QC told him about the conviction: “These are serious offenses.
“Over a period of 18 months, between February 2016 and August 2017, you allowed five different types of class C drugs to be diverted onto the black market in significant quantities.
“Around 29,000 parcels were redirected in this way.
“The pharmacy was run by your mother and your activities resulted in her being arrested when she did nothing wrong.”
The court was told that Khaira had been a trained pharmacist since August 2009 and had worked for the family business for several years.
It had taken his mother 30 years to build the business, but her reputation had been tarnished since her son was insulted.
Grant Powell, MHRA’s lead officer on the case, said, “It is a serious criminal offense to sell controlled, unlicensed, or prescription drugs in this way.
“Anyone who sells drugs illegally could exploit vulnerable people and appears to have no concern for their health or well-being. Prescription drugs are powerful and should only be taken under medical supervision.
“We work closely with partners from regulatory and law enforcement agencies to identify those involved and prosecute them.
“If you believe that you have been offered a drug illegally, or if you have any information about suspected or known drug trafficking, please contact the MHRA.”