Australian Border Force officers uncover clandestine steroid lab

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Australian Border Force (ABF) officers have uncovered a clandestine steroid manufacturing laboratory at a residential premises in Point Cook, Victoria.

On 30 May, officers detected a pill press machine labelled as “stamping machine sample” in an Air Cargo consignment that arrived in Sydney from Hong Kong. Further investigations linked the consignment to addresses in Victoria.

On 4 July, ABF officers executed search warrants at properties in Point Cook and Vermont. The Victoria Police Clandestine Laboratory team attended the Point Cook property and provided specialist assistance, determining it to be a steroid manufacturing lab.

A number of other substances were found at the premises including gamma- Butyrolactone (GBL), 2C-B and MDMA.

ABF Investigations Commander Graeme Grosse said officers remain committed to protecting the community from dangerous performance and image enhancing drugs coming into the country and those being manufactured onshore.

“These are dangerous chemicals, usually manufactured by criminals in unsafe and unhygienic conditions and we are focussed on working with our partners, like the Victoria Police, to detect these illicit substances and paraphernalia and shutdown these operations,” Commander Grosse said.

People with information about the importation and trade of illicit drugs should contact Border Watch by going to www.border.gov.au/borderwatch. By reporting suspicious activities, you help protect Australia’s border. Information can be provided anonymously.