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      Steroid suppliers muscling in on Australia, 20 deliveries seized by Border Force every day

      Steroid suppliers muscling in on Australia, 20 deliveries seized by Border Force every day


      November 27, 2016 7:00am
      GYM junkies are fuelling a red-hot import market for steroids with the Australian Border Force now intercepting 20 deliveries of the dangerous vanity drug each day.



      So far this year the ABF has made 5000 seizures of suspect performance and image enhancing drugs (PIED) from passengers’ luggage and via the mail and expects to make 7000 interceptions by year’s end.


      On Wednesday a 27-year-old Hebersham woman was stopped at Sydney Airport allegedly with 17kg of PIEDs in thousands of vials from Fiji. It is understood police will allege she acted as a courier for a larger criminal network and she was arrested after ABF officers allegedly found testosterone, stanozolol and deca-durabolin inside a suitcase.

      Intelligence shows most of the steroids are coming in via post with international mail accounting for 87 per cent of detections.

      So far this year the ABF has made 5000 seizures of suspect performance and image enhancing drugs (PIED) from passengers’ luggage and via the mail.


      On November 13, a 45-year-old man was caught allegedly trying to smuggle 15kg of trenbolone inside music equipment and board games on a flight from Thailand.


      He also allegedly tried to send 5kg of the drug via airmail hidden inside water filters.


      And earlier this month a Central Coast couple, both 23, were arrested after a two-year operation. The ABF alleges the pair received 17 consignments including 11.2 litres of testosterone, 13,672 tablets, 600ml of anabolic steroid, 20 vials and 55 ampoules of human growth hormone.


      Searches of their home allegedly revealed 12 litres of PIEDs, 300 vials of human growth hormone and 100g of cannabis.

      Two people have been charged on the Central Coast for importing steroids.

      Evidence of steroids hidden in music equipment.

      Steroids were found hidden in miniature billiard table.


      The amount of PIED traffic into Australia has skyrocketed with detections increasing by 50 per cent between 2013-14 and 2014-15, and the weight of those drugs increasing by 1756 per cent from just over 17kg to 320kg over the same period.

      Over the same period there were just 291 heroin detections, up from 180; cocaine increasing from 1512 to 1781 detections and MDMA increasing from 3247 detections to 3578 detections.

      The same intelligence shows most is coming in via post with international mail accounting for 87 per cent of detections.
      “The syndicates responsible for the importing then the subsequent distribution are definitely supplying persons within gyms,” ABF NSW operations superintendent Tim Fitzgerald said.

      “Because they’re all anabolic steroids I suggest that they’re all to do with individuals, in particular males, using them as a way to get bigger through gym and subsequently supplementing that with illegal steroid use.

      He said smuggling methods used were the same as those used by organised crime syndicates for narcotics and that the source countries were across the South-East Asian region.

      “We’ll see concealment methods that are exactly the same as what a syndicate might use for narcotics … whatever method they think will help circumvent our control they will attempt to use,” he said.

      “We’ve identified that definitely within NSW the syndicates that are responsible for the importing and then the subsequent distribution are definitely supplying persons within gyms to body builders that do it as part of a hobby.

      “Thailand we consider to be high risk. What you’ll find is that some of these products are legal to purchase in that country but they’re illegal to export and to import into Australia. We tend to find Thailand, China, we’ve had a couple of jobs out of Fiji.”
      Supt Fitzgerald said the PIEDs are often cut with chemicals such benzyl benzoate but people with no “no known chemistry skills” once imported and the gym junkies buying the vials had no idea what they we actually getting.

      “The PIEDs in themselves are extremely dangerous and the use of steroids comes with many unwanted side effects and that includes that sort of anger and aggression, elevated blood pressure right through to heart attack, strokes, kidney failures, tumours of the liver,” he said.
      “From a number of perspectives the use of steroids in themselves, the ultimate long term effect is putting peoples lives at risk.
      “It’s not as profitable as ice or meth but that’s why we see a combination of individuals who are importing it to use themselves for whatever reason. But I describe it as organised crime importing with a view to selling with a view to making a profit.”
      Expert say young men are putting their lives on the line to look good by pumping their bodies full of steroids that may contain toxic substances such as arsenic and heavy metals or lead to disastrous, life-threatening side effects, experts say.
      “Steroids are primarily used by men and typically they are younger men when they first initiate steroid use, under the age of 25. It is definitely geared towards young men who want to look good so it is tied up to that whole gym culture,” explained University of SNW National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre’s Dr Briony Larance.


      “When there is an illicit market there is always that risk there may be contaminants in the product,” she added.


      Deakin University’s Dr Matthew Dunn said young men were doing it to look good and placing themselves at risk.


      “That’s quite well established and why they’re called performance and image enhancing drugs,” he said.


      He said people ordering online or buying black market steroids had no idea what was in them and he had seen reports of users being poisoned by steroids, “where there has been something lethal in it, heavy metals, arsenic or whatever”.


      “So we know it does happen but it is also under-reported because they might not want to report it because of the stigma and illegality,” Dr Dunn said.


      And even if the steroids weren’t contaminated, they might be too strong.


      “It’s like the problem with heroin, if the purity goes up too much then people die,” explained Critical Friends Consulting expert Dr Jason Mazanov.

      But long-term use was also risky, Dr Larance said.


      “One of the main effects is the increase in the risk of cardiovascular disease, and changes to liver function, damaging it.”


      Hair loss, shrinkage of teste size, lower sperm counts and acne were among the other downsides to steroid use, Dr Larance said.


      “Some effects may be reversible but if they do it often enough and they’ll be irreversible,” she said.


      Australian Border Force expects to make 7000 interceptions by the end of the year.


      NEEDLES AND THE DAMAGE DONE:

      Stanozolol: Anabolic steroid sold in liquid or tablet form, helps burn fat and build lean muscle. Side effects include hair loss, liver damage, high cholesterol.
      Deca-durabolin: Injectable anabolic steroid which aids muscle growth and increases bone density. Side effects include erectile dysfunction, acne, testes shrinkage.
      Trenbolone: The most popular steroid, most effective at building muscle mass and the quickest to leave the system. Side effects include hair loss, acne, increased aggression, low libido, erectile dysfunction, liver and kidney damage, high blood pressure.
      Benzyl benzoate: Solvent found in cosmetics but can also be used to dissolve powder steroids and cut with other steroids to make them go further.
      Somatropin: A human growth hormone stimulating cell reproduction, growth and regeneration. Increases risk of diabetes, and can lead to joint swelling.

      Clenbuterol: Used to treat breathing disorders such as asthma, used by bodybuilders to burn fat.
      Oxymetholone: Aids muscle growth and used to treat anaemia and wasting diseases. Side effects include depression, lethargy, headache, swelling, rapid weight gain, breast swelling in men, feelings of restlessness or excitement.


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      if these busts keep sky rocketing, is it possible that domestic packages would get more thoroughly searched ?
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      Quote Originally Posted by deathdog View Post
      if these busts keep sky rocketing, is it possible that domestic packages would get more thoroughly searched ?
      Same concern here,
      Getting stuff in WA feels so dicey :`(

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      good that i buy domestically, bad that my suppliers buy internationally

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      What blows my mind is the little amount of knowledge any of the “DR’s” commenting have about steroids I think users on here have more knowledge then these idiots.

      soon it will drive the Australian market price sky high and also lead to more bunk gear been on the market really shits me I’ve had a domestic aus parcel seized this week


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