July 30, 2008 - 9:39AM
Australian Customs has seized more than 100 bottles containing illegal liquid steroids hidden inside sexual lubricant packaging.
Customs is investigating the sophisticated drug smuggling network after the bottles, labelled as "gay lube oil", were seized in five states since the start of the year.
The bottles contain prohibited performance and image enhancing drugs from Thailand.
Customs national manager of investigations Richard Janeczko said the so-called gay lube oil contained various active ingredients including testosterone and deca durabolin.
He said these drugs could not be imported into Australia without a permit from the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
"Despite the professionalism of this smuggling operation, Customs officers were not fooled by the labelling and its misdescription," Mr Janeczko said today in a statement.
He said the detection was a reminder that the use of performance and image enhancing drugs was not confined to elite athletes.
"These substances have the potential to cause serious health risks," he said.
Customs has executed search and seizure warrants on premises throughout Australia.
A number of prosecutions are expected.
The maximum penalty for smuggling such goods into Australia is five years in prison and a $110,000 fine.