Award-winning ex-BBC radio producer sold crystal meth at sex parties to clients
A former BBC radio producer befriended clients of his interior design business and sold them drugs at sex parties, a court has heard.
Alexander Parkin, who worked on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction show, won nine Sony awards for his work.
The 45-year-old was first convicted of drug trafficking in 2016.
At the time, he admitted to selling GBL to famous lawyer Henry Hendron after the death of Hendron’s boyfriend, Miguel Jimenez, 18.
Hendron was sentenced to 140 hours of unpaid labor after pleading guilty to possession with intent to provide.
Parkin was also tried in 2017 over allegations that he sold crystal meth, ecstasy and GBL ‘liquid ecstasy’ from his apartment in Marylebone, but was cleared. .
But he has now admitted to being in possession of crystal meth with the intention of supplying and being concerned with the supply of Class A drugs after 123g was discovered in his apartment on September 29 last year.
The Oxford graduate now has an interior design business and befriends clients before inviting them to his parties and selling chemsex drugs at “cost prices,” Kingston Crown Court said.
He was selling crystal meth for around £ 25 a gram and making no profit, it was said.
Experts who analyzed Parkin’s phone messages said he used the drug’s slang, including “Fanta” for MDMA, “water” for GBL and “tea” for crystal meth.
Jonathan Hardy, defending, said: “One of his character traits is warmth, love and generosity towards others. It may seem foreign in the world of drugs.”
Judge Jonathan Davies replied: “This is exceptional, to do it out of generosity.”
Police arrived at his south London apartment after finding evidence of drug trafficking on another suspect’s phone, and a specialized search team found 123g of methamphetamine hidden “in cover-ups artisanal, ”said the court.
Prosecutor David Povall said Mr. Parkin was a “drug user, addict” and there was “a” financial motive, but there was no account to estimate profit.
Parkin’s lawyer said the drugs were not sold for profit but “for fun” at sex parties because his client was a “party man”.
He added, “I present this defendant as someone exceptional in his generosity of spirit. In his giving up of profit and winning friends and bringing them to his home for their special benefit.
“His benevolence and proven skill in handling the wholesale drug trade and organizing these sex parties for the pleasure of his friends means that pleasure is profit. If pleasure is profit, your honor can now distinguish him from those. who want gold watches and luxury cars. “
Judge Davies adjourned the sentence until March 1.