Selected news stories from the international press relating to Asian (In)Fertilities:
Man who received drugs from Pakistan claiming he had problems with infertility and sleep found guilty - BBC News
(1 May 2009)
An Ammanford shop keeper accused of dealing in drugs has been cleared of all but one of the charges against him.
Amjid Hussain, 43, was accused of nine offences relating to the possession and supply of Class C drugs. They were posted in bags to his A to Z shop from Pakistan but Hussain told the jury they were for his own use. He was found guilty of one charge of possessing 1,830 diazepam tablets and will be sentenced after a probation officer has prepared a report on him. Hussain told the jury at Swansea Crown Court he suffered fertility difficulties and had asked a friend in Pakistan to send him ampoules of testosterone and tablets of mesterolone, a similar drug. He also asked for "something to help me to sleep" and was sent quantities of the tranquiliser diazepam, better known as Valium. He explained the drugs were far cheaper to buy in Pakistan than in the UK. The bags were intercepted by customs officers and Hussain said he had assumed they had been lost in the post and asked for further batches to be sent. Medical difficulties Earlier Catherine Richards, prosecuting, said at least one consignment had reached his convenience store in College Street because when police raided the shop they found him counting 1,830 diazepam tablets. All told, she said, Hussain had been sent or had received 7,000 tablets of diazepam, 490 doses of testosterone and more than 2,000 mesterolone tablets. She told the jury there was a black market in such drugs and a police officer estimated their street value at up to £10,560. Hussain, of Pontardulais, said he had never ordered such quantities and was unaware that consignments were being intercepted by customs officers. He said he had never sold any drugs and had not intended to do so. He told the jury his medical difficulties caused him such embarrassment he had once considered taking his own life. Granting him bail Judge Michael Burr said he would sentence Hussain after a probation officer had prepared a report into his background.