Media Release: Man charged with importation of MDPV

Release Date: Saturday, May 07 2011, 07:04 AM

This is a joint media release with the AFP and Customs and Border Protection.

A 21-year-old Burleigh Heads man is scheduled to appear in Southport Magistrates Court today after the AFP charged him with the importation and possession of Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) – a border-controlled stimulant.

On 25 April 2011, Australian Customs and Border Protection Service officers at the Sydney gateway facility intercepted an international mail package from China addressed to the man. Examination of the package revealed two packets. These contained one kilogram of white powder in clip sealed plastic bags.

Australian Federal Police (AFP) Forensics tested the white powder which reacted positively to indicate MDPV, a border-controlled substance.

On 6 May 2011, the AFP executed a search warrant on the man’s residence, where 200 ecstasy tablets, 10 grams of speed, $64,000 cash, four vials of Steroids, several boxes of ammunition rounds, lap top computers, mobile phones and two mail packages were seized.

The man was arrested and charged with the following offences.

  • Importing a commercial substance of a border controlled drug, namely Methylenedioxypyrovalerone, contrary to section 307.1(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995. The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment and/or an $825,000 fine.
  • Attempting to possess a substance, namely Methylenedioxypyrovalerone contrary to 307.5(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995. The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment and/or an $825,000 fine.
  • Dealing with money suspected to be proceeds of crime contrary to subsection 400.9(1A) of the Criminal Code Act 1995. The maximum penalty for this offence is 2 years imprisonment and/or a $13,200 fine.
  • Possessing ammunition contrary to Part 4 Division 2 of the Explosive Act 1999 (QLD). The maximum penalty for this offence is six months imprisonment or a $44,000 fine.
  • Two counts of possessing a marketable quantity of border controlled drugs, namely MDMA and Ecstasy, contrary to subsection 307.6(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995. The maximum penalty for this offence is 25 years imprisonment and/or an $550,000 fine.
  • Possessing a dangerous drug, namely anabolic steroids, contrary to section 9(d) of the Drug Misuse Act 1986 (QLD). The maximum penalty for this offence is 15 years imprisonment.

Media enquiries:
AFP National Media (02) 6131 6333
Customs and Border Protection Media (02) 6275 6793