Over 1900 prohibited tablets seized at Brisbane Airport

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) officers seized over 1,900 prohibited tablets at Brisbane Airport on Saturday (7 September 2013).A 27-year-old man and 29-year-old man, both from the Gold Coast, arrived on a flight from Hong Kong on Saturday when they were selected for a baggage examination.

During the baggage examination, ACBPS officers found undeclared tablets inside the two men’s suitcases.

ACBPS officers seized the following prohibited tablets from both men:

  • 1768 pseudophedrine tablets
  • 120 Stilnox tablets
  • Six Rino Ebastel tablets, and
  • Seven and a half Xanax tablets

ACBPS officers also held the following tablets pending a permit from the Therapeutic Goods Administration:

  • 32 Xcite 100 tablets
  • 30 viagra tablets
  • 13 Sildenafil Citrate tablets, and
  • 8 Cialis tablets

ACBPS National Manager Airport Operations North, Craig Sommerville, praised the officers who made the detection.

“Our officers are skilled professionals who specialise in detecting and seizing prohibited goods at the border. The work they do on a daily basis plays a vital role in disrupting criminal activity,” Mr 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.

Customs and Border Protection Media, <http://www.customs.gov.au/site/130911mediarelease_1900prohibited-tablets-Brisbane-Airport.asp>,11 September 2013