Another huge bust: 18 yr old man pleads guilty after $120,000 steroid seizure

An 18-year-old man from Australind has pleaded guilty to 14 charges of drug possession after Bunbury police made a major seizure of steroids last month.

Jason Edward Lewis faced the Bunbury Magistrates Court on Friday to answer to charges including possession of prohibited drugs with intent to sell or supply.

South West Detectives working with Australia Post intercepted a parcel from the eastern states which led to the seizure of 484 vials of testosterone anabolic steroids, 240 vials of human growth hormone, 4900 tablets of stanozolol and 1400 tablets of clenbuterol.

Detective Senior Constable Gareth Reed said the drugs seized were valued at $120,000.

Mr Lewis was released on bail and will reappear for sentencing on January 19.

The maximum penalty for the offences is 25 years imprisonment of a $100,000 fine.

“South West detectives with the assistance of Australia Post security have been investigating the import of steriods into the Bunbury area from the eastern states,” Detective Senior Constable Reed said.

“As a result police have seized a number of packages received through a local post office.”

He said the use of anabolic steroids is not only unsafe but illegal.

“The actions of this criminal syndicate have endangered the health of countless members of the Bunbury community and this seizure has created a significant impact on that supply,” he said.

“Our intelligence is that these products were intended to end up in the gym environments for people involved in bodybuilding and weightbuilding.

“As far as I’m concerned this is as significant as it gets – steroids seizures are not a common thing in WA and especially seizures of this size.

“The investigations into this syndicate will continue to be rigorously pursued by the South West detectives.”

The accused has been charged with attempted possession of prohibited drugs with intent to sell or supply, possession of prohibited drugs with intent to sell or supply and possession of a prohibited drug.

Further charges are expected to be laid.

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