A young doctor working at a hospital in Newcastle, England has just lost his career after being convicted of drug dealing charges.
The arrest of Tim Kerr, the 28-year-old medical doctor, happened back in April 2016 when investigators found evidence that he was buying drugs on the dark web and sending them to a friend.
Now, over two years later, he has been handed a sentence of four years and eight months in prison.
Kerr’s case marks the latest in what is a growing number of cases involving darknet drug trafficking throughout the United Kingdom.
Career in Medicine Blown Up
Kerr was just at the kickstart of what would have possibly been a promising career when he got arrested. He and his accomplice, 27-year-old Adrian Tickridge-Day, have just been sentenced to four years and eight months in prison.
The sentence was arguably lenient considering that the U.K. has very strict consequences for drug-related crimes.
Kerr and Day were making thousands of pounds from their drug empire. The pair’s businesses was dealing in cocaine, ecstasy, ketamine and several other types of drugs. According to investigators, Kerr would buy the drugs on the dark web and later send them to Day.
The prosecutor, Mandy Nepal, indicated that they had a far-reaching market chain in Chester and all around the U.K., as well as abroad.
Customs officers got hold of a package containing drugs in March 2016 that was traced to Day’s address. The pair would later be arrested at Manchester Airport when coming back from a skiing festival in Austria. Further investigations would unearth undisclosed amounts of class A and B drugs, digital scales, snap bags and cash that was possibly proceeds of the trade.
In Kerr’s defense, Attorney Adam Antoszkiw told the court that Kerr had a difficult childhood after his father died when he was 11 years old.
In his teen years, he dedicated himself to learning in pursuit of a career in medicine.
But while in his college years, he became involved with both using and trading drugs.
In a bid to try and soften the jury, Antoszkiw also told the court that Kerr had taken the time to reflect and accept that he had to take responsibility for his actions.
While sentencing Kerr, Judge Patrick Thompson said that though he acknowledged the hardships Kerr faced in adolescence, he had however abused his gifts and talents while at university and started buying drugs on the dark web to sell to others.
This put him and others buying the drugs in danger. The judge also remarked that he was saddened that Kerr had thrown away what seemed like a promising career.