Man charged over alleged GBL import

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This is a joint media release with Victoria Police and Australian Border Force.

A 37-year-old man has appeared before the Melbourne Magistrates Court today (Tuesday, 6 September) charged with allegedly importing four litres of Gamma-butyrolactone (GBL) through the international air cargo stream.

Taskforce Icarus officers from the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Victoria Police and Australian Border Force (ABF) commenced a joint agency operation on 24 August 2016.

ABF officers at Sydney Air Cargo identified the suspicious importation that, upon examination, contained four litres of GBL.

GBL is low cost and is having an increasingly negative effect on the community, particularly in regional areas.

On Friday (2 September), officers from the AFP, ABF and Victoria Police executed a search warrant at the man’s Yarragon residence in Gippsland Victoria where money remittance documentation, mobile phones and drug paraphernalia were seized. The man was later arrested at his place of work in Clyde North, Victoria.

He was charged with:

  • One count of importing a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs, namely GBL, contrary to section 307.1(1) of Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth)
  • One count of attempting to possess a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs, namely GBL, which was unlawfully imported, contrary to section 307.5(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

The maximum penalty for these offences is life imprisonment.

Task Force Icarus is a joint agency initiative that targets those who seek to use the international mail and air cargo systems for criminal activity.

Australia’s law enforcement agencies need the community’s ongoing assistance to minimise the harm caused by drugs, and urge anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to submit at confidential crime report at

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ABF Media: (02) 6264 2244

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