Former BBC radio producer used interior design firm to sell crystal meth at sex parties
EXCLUSIVE Alexander Parkin, 45, of south London, who worked on Radio 3’s Late Junction, admitted possession of crystal meth with the intention of providing
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A former BBC radio producer befriended clients of his interior design business and then sold them crystal meth at sex parties.
Alexander Parkin, 45, who worked on Radio 3’s popular Late Junction show and won nine Sony awards for his work, was first convicted of drug trafficking in 2016.
At the time, he admitted to selling GBL to famous lawyer Henry Hendron after Hendron’s boyfriend, Miguel Jimenez, 18, died.
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 of last year.
Kingston Crown Court has heard that the Oxford graduate now has an interior design business and befriends clients before inviting them to his parties and selling chemsex drugs at ‘cost’.
He was said to be selling crystal meth for around Â£ 25 a gram and making no profit.
Experts analyzed Parkin’s phone messages in which he used the drug’s slang, including “Fanta” for MDMA, “water” for GBL and “tea” for crystal meth.
Jonathan Hardy, defending, said: âOne 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.”
The court heard that police arrived at Parkin’s south London apartment after finding evidence on another suspect’s phone that he had trafficked drugs.
A specialized search team found 123 g of methamphetamine hidden in the apartment “in homemade concealments”.
Prosecutor David Povall said: âIt is admitted that Mr. Parkin himself is an addict, an addict.
âThe people he’s engaged with are not only known to Mr. Parkin, but many of them know each other as well.
âIt is a network supply situation that is part of the social life of the individual.
The prosecutor said there was “a” financial motive but there were no accounts to estimate a profit.
Parkin’s lawyer said the drugs were not sold for profit but for “pleasure” at sex parties because his client was a “party man”.
He said: âThe accused can now be recognized as someone who only supplied to friendsâ¦ He did not seek to make a profit beyond his own personal reinvestment.
“In general terms, my client provided those he trusted and had a degree of emotional if not physical intimacy, and this was very much taken within the confines of his home.”
He added: âI present this accused as someone exceptional in his generosity of spirit.
“Her benevolence and proven ability to manage the wholesale drug supply and organize these sex parties for the pleasure of her friends, means that the pleasure is the profit.” If pleasure is profit, your honor can now distinguish it from those who want gold watches and luxury cars.
Judge Davies adjourned the sentence until March 1.