Customs media release
Customs and Border Protection thwarts attempt to import steroids in a doll - Tuesday, 25th August 2009
An attempt by a 36-year-old woman from South Granville to import steroids into Australia by concealing them in objects within her luggage, including a child's doll, has been stopped by Customs and Border Protection officers.
The woman was stopped by Customs and Border Protection officers when she arrived in Sydney on a flight from Lebanon on Sunday 23 August.
After examining the woman's luggage, items including a doll and a box containing a satellite tuner were x-rayed. The x-ray revealed 500 vials concealed within the two items.
Further examination of the luggage revealed an additional 434 vials of steroids.
Initial indications are that the vials contain Testosterone and Enanthate Testosterone.
Customs and Border Protection National Manager Investigations, Richard Janeczko, said there has been an increase in steroid smuggling detections by Customs and Border Protection at the Australian border.
"The agency continues to protect the Australian community from prohibited imports including steroids.
"This detection sends a warning to those seeking to avoid Customs controls that we have the skills and capability to detect and investigate these matters and prosecute those responsible," Mr Janeczko said.
The woman will be charged by summons.
The maximum penalty for importing prohibited goods of this type is five years imprisonment and/or $110,000.
Images of the seizure can be found in the media image gallery.
For further details contact Customs and Border Protection Communication and Media (02) 6275 6793
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