Customs seize 1768 pseudoephedrine tablets at airport

CUSTOMS and Border Protection officers seized more than 1900 prohibited tablets, including performance and image enhancing drugs, during a routine baggage search at Brisbane Airport last week.

Two men, aged 27 and 29, arrived on a flight from Hong Kong on Saturday when they were selected for a baggage examination.

Officers seized 1768 pseudoephedrine tablets, 120 Stilnox tablets; six Rino Ebastel tablets and seven Xanax tablets.

A number of other tablets, including Viagra, were also found and were being held by Customs pending a permit from the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

Customs officers were continuing their investigation, but neither of the men had been charged.

Customs national manager airport operations north, Craig Sommerville, said while such substances may be available overseas, certain drugs are a prohibited import under the Customs Act 1901 and also the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989, and can only be imported if a person is issued with a permit.

The maximum penalties for importing performance and image enhancing drugs are fines of up to $170,000 and up to five years in prison.


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