An internal investigation by the Defence Force has uncovered steroids and other unidentified substances at Sydney’s Garden Island Naval Base.
The Australian Defence Force Investigative Service is examining reports sailors have been using and distributing illicit drugs from the Navy’s main base in eastern Australia.
It has confirmed a number of personnel have been tested for prohibited substances and properties searched.
They say it is too early, however, to confirm the nature of all substances seized.
Reports today suggest a number of Navy personnel are being investigated over claims they sold illicit substances to backpackers in Sydney.
Home Affairs and Justice Minister Brendan O’Connor says if Defence staff are found to be dealing drugs, they will be getting no special treatment from authorities.
“There are of course criminal sanctions for criminal acts, and indeed we would expect people to be treated accordingly,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter whether they are civilian or persons serving from the military.
“[However] these are allegations, they are not substantiated. These matters are under investigation and until the matter is resolved, I won’t comment.”
Figures released in June showed Defence had caught almost 600 servicemen and women taking illegal steroids in the past five years.
Despite the latest revelations the Government says Australians can still have confidence in the Navy.
Authorities says they are taking a strict zero-tolerance approach to drug use. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/12/23/3100551.htm?section=justin