Australian Border Force (ABF) investigators have arrested and charged two Sydney men with importing performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs).
Australian Border Force officers conducted an investigation into a NSW Central Coast based syndicate importing a significant amount of PIEDs into Australia for local distribution.
Between 21 April 2016 and 1 July 2016, ABF officers intercepted more than 50 consignments containing PIEDs in a various forms:
- 16,780 tablets
- 6kg powder
- 354ml liquid, and
- 2,140 vials.
As a result of the Australian Border Force investigation, on 13 July 2016, ABF officers executed search and seizure warrants at four residential properties in the Lake Macquarie area. NSW Police detectives from Lake Macquarie local area command assisted with the execution of these warrants.
During the warrant activity, the officers seized the following PIEDs:
- 5,000 tablets, and
- 150 vials.
These search warrants and seizures resulted in the Australian Border Force arresting a 27-year-old male and a 32-year-old male and charging them both with importing prohibited tier 1 goods, contrary to Section 233BAA of the Customs Act 1901, which carries a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment or a fine not exceeding $180,000 or both.
Australian Border Force Commander Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Anthony Seebach, said that ABF officers are relentlessly targeting attempts to bring these types of substances across the border.
“The ABF will continue to disrupt and dismantle criminal syndicates, and prosecute individuals, attempting to bring illegal steroids and other performance enhancing drugs into Australia,” Commander Seebach said.
“This result is yet another example of the commitment of our highly skilled officers to protect the Australian community from these substances.”
The men are scheduled to appear at the Downing Centre Local Court on 21 September 2016.
About the Australian Border Force (ABF)
On 1 July 2015, the functions of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service were integrated into a new Department. The Australian Border Force was established as the new front-line operational agency within the Department reflecting a greater focus on the border as a strategic national asset. The integrated arrangements build on recent border protection reforms and the long history of the two organisations working closely together.
The Australian Border Force brought together all existing operational border, investigations, compliance, detention (facilities and centres) and enforcement functions. Policy, regulatory and corporate support for the Australian Border Force are delivered by the Department.