January 14, 2015
Australia: Steroids found in Dubbo raid
THE Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) believes it has put a dent in an operation allegedly involving the importation and distribution of performance and image-enhancing drugs. The discovery of a sophisticated set-up followed the execution of warrants by the Service, assisted by NSW Police in Dubbo on Wednesday. The operation began in March last year when ACBPS officers began investigating the importation of pill presses. ACBPS officers at Aviation Goods Sydney detected anabolic steroids concealed in a package from China declared as ‘refinery catalyst’. Warrants were executed at three Dubbo residences. During a search of one, ACBPS investigators allegedly found a pill press, some white powder and tablets. The items were transferred to the NSW Police, who seized the items. ACBPS Regional Commander NSW Tim Fitzgerald said the operation highlighted Customs and Border Protection’s reach. “If you think you live far from the physical border, don’t fool yourself that Customs and Border Protection is far away,” he said. “The importation of performance and image enhancing drugs without a permit is a serious offence, and reflects the danger to the community such substances can have.
“No importation is too small to warrant further investigation, and no address is too remote – if you attempt to import illicit substances, you could get an investigator knocking on your door.”
The maximum penalty for importing performance and image-enhancing drugs without a permit was a $250,000 fine and/or 5 years imprisonment, he said.