Steroids, electric shock devices, laser pointers, automatic knives and knuckle dusters – all were found in the baggage of one traveller at Darwin Airport, according to the Australian Border Force (ABF).
A 29-year-old man from the Darwin suburb of Karama was due to appear yesterday before the Darwin Magistrates Court charged with importing and possessing prohibited goods, including weapons and steroids.
Australian Border Force (ABF) officers at Darwin International Airport targeted the man for a baggage examination when he arrived on a flight from Bali on Tuesday last week.
During their search, the officers allegedly uncovered a range of prohibited goods in the man’s bag, including handheld shock devices, laser pointers, automatic knives, knuckle dusters and steroids.
ABF Regional Commander Central, Rachel Houghton, said the seizure was an example of the work ABF was doing to deter, detect and disrupt illegal practices at the border.
“People who think they can smuggle weapons and prohibited substances into Australia without consequences should think again,” Commander Houghton said.
“The people who sell these items overseas often market them as harmless toys, but they’re not – they’re potentially very dangerous.
“If you’re caught trying to import them you could receive hundreds of dollars in fines and even spend time in jail. It’s not worth the risk.”
The man was charged with:
- importing prohibited goods, namely Tier 2 Goods, contrary to section 233BAB of the Customs Act 1901
- importing prohibited goods, namely anabolic / androgenic substances, contrary to section 233BAB of the Customs Act 1901
- possessing prohibited goods, contrary to section 233(1)(b) of the Customs Act 1901.
Edited by Peter Needham