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Customs seize illegal drugs at Brisbane Airport

ALMOST 1700 capsules of illegally imported performance and image enhancing drugs were seized in separate incidents over two days at Brisbane Airport last week.

A 32-year-old Gold Coast man faces the prospect of prosecution after Customs and Border Protection officers allegedly found two shampoo bottles stuffed with 573 steroids capsules in his luggage on Thursday.

The man, who had arrived on a flight from Thailand when he was stopped by Customs officers, did not have a permit to import the steroids.  

On Friday a North Queensland man, who had also stepped off a flight from Thailand, was found with 110 PIED capsules for which he did not have a permit to import.

The 27-year-old also faces the prospect of prosecution.

People caught illegally importing steroids into Australia face fines of up to $170,000 and up to five years in jail.

Airport Operations North national manager  Craig Sommerville warned travellers against trying to smuggle these types of drugs into Australia.

"It's easy to be tempted to purchase substances like these overseas where they're inexpensive and freely available, but they are illegal to import into Australia without a permit," Mr Sommerville said.

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