QuoteMelbourne Airport Haul: 150 Vials of Steroids [Photos]
May 26, 2009
ABC news is reporting that a 43 year old Australian man was caught at Melbourne airport carrying almost 150 vials of steroids, and is expected to be charged with importing prohibited goods. After arriving on a flight from Hong Kong, he was stopped by Customs officials and found to be carrying steroids scattered around his person; in his pockets, around his belt and also in his luggage. The maximum penalty for importing steroids into Australia is five years in jail.
The official media release from Australian Customs is below:
“Customs and Border Protection has stopped a large quantity of illegal performance and image enhancing drugs entering Australia.
A 43-year-old Australian man was stopped by Customs and Border Protection officers when he arrived in Melbourne on a flight from Hong Kong on Sunday 24 May.
During initial questioning officers asked the man to empty his pockets. The man allegedly removed four large plastic bags containing vials from his pockets.
An examination of the man’s luggage revealed further vials and documentation relating to testosterone. Further examination revealed the man was wearing a belt consisting of numerous pouches containing vials and tablets.
In total 143 vials and tablet containers were found in the man’s possession. The contents have been identified as performance and image enhancing drugs.
Customs and Border Protection Investigators responded to the detection and the man is expected to be charged via summons.
Customs and Border Protection National Manager Investigations, Richard Janeczko, said there has been an increase in such smuggling attempts detected by Customs and Border Protection at the Australian border.
“The agency continues to protect the Australian community from prohibited imports including steroids.
“We are seeing more sophisticated methods being used to import performance and image enhancing drugs.
“This detection sends a warning to those seeking to smuggle such goods that we have the skills and capability to detect and investigate these matters and prosecute those responsible,” Mr Janeczko said.
The maximum penalty for importing prohibited goods of this type is five years imprisonment and/or $110,000.”
Reports say that these steroids are:
Cytex 250 and Dexxa 250 by Thaiger Pharma
Sustan-250 and Primo-100 by Global Anabolics
Depo-Test 250 by Unigen Life Sciences
Oxandrolone by LA Pharma.
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