Anti lockdown gym boss exposed as ‘professional’ drug dealer trafficking cannabis – The Mirror

Anti lockdown gym boss exposed as ‘professional’ drug dealer trafficking cannabis – The Mirror

Nicholas Whitcombe first made headlines in 2020 when he refused to close his business, Body Tech Fitness, in Moreton, Wirral, Merseyside, during lockdown

Nick Whitcombe at BodyTech Fitness Gym in Moreton (

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A gym owner tangled in a drug smuggling plot was busted when police discovered text messages he sent to an associate, instructing him on how to “clean” his dirty money.

Nicholas Whitcombe first made headlines in 2020 when he refused to close his business, Body Tech Fitness, in Moreton, Wirral, Merseyside, during lockdown, claiming gyms were essential to the physical and mental health of the population.

However, Whitcombe was eventually fined £1,000 by Merseyside Police after a member of the public notified authorities when they saw the business was still open.

Most recently, Whitcombe has been described by a judge as a “professional drug dealer”, after his role in the trafficking scheme was exposed through an investigation by Jersey’s customs and immigration department.

Jersey’s Royal Court heard Whitcombe worked with Anthony Andrew Dryden in a plot valued at more than £54,000, the Liverpool Echo reported.

Between 2018 and 2019 the pair, both 31, were involved in a conspiracy to traffic cannabis resin into the island and launder the money, with Whitcombe operating from Merseyside and Dryden from Jersey.

Nick Whitcombe defied Tier 3 lockdown restrictions and refused to close Body Tech Fitness
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Mr Whitcombe was fine £1,000 for refusing to shut over coronavirus order
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Prosecutors said Whitcombe would source the drugs and instruct people to send them from England to a third party at their work address in Jersey, the Bailiwick Express reported .

The packages were then picked up by Dryden, who sold them, collected the cash and sent it back to UK addresses provided by Whitcombe.

Between June and September of 2018 a total of 3.1kg was imported into Jersey and three exports of cash were sent out, totalling £16,750.

There appeared to be a “cooling off” period after contacts of Whitcombe sent a package to the wrong address before, in December 2018, Whitcombe told Dryden he was handing the UK side of their scheme over to a friend.

Using that contact Dryden then imported an estimated 500g to 1kg of cannabis in March 2019, and thanked Whitcombe for helping to set up the new supply line.

In June 2019, Dryden was also involved in importing 451.69g of cannabis resin alone.

Dryden was arrested the following month, and his mobile phone …….

Source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/anti-lockdown-gym-boss-exposed-25875587

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