Customs and police raid two properties
Customs and police raid two properties

Protein bar owner in court over alleged testosterone powder

GLADSTONE man Trent Morris is facing five years in jail or up to $170,000 in fines if he is found guilty of charges under the Drugs Misuse Act.

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and Queensland Police raided two properties in Gladstone on April 22, one of them a shop.

They allegedly seized 6kg of white powder, 130 vials of liquid and powder, more than $15,000 in cash, and various electronic devices and production equipment.

The investigation began on March 8 when the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service found a package containing 1kg of white powder at Brisbane Airport, that was allegedly headed for Gladstone.

Morris, the owner of Saloon Protein and Tea Bar, appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court on April 23 charged under the Drugs Misuse Act and under Section 233 of the Customs Act 1901.

The case was adjourned until Monday, June 15.

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The customs service told The Observer the powder had tested positive for performance and image enhancing drugs, specifically testosterone enanthate, but would not say whether the powder from the April 22 raids was the same substance.

Testosterone enanthate is the most common form of testosterone prescribed in the world.

Acting Regional Commander Queensland John Ikin said customs and border protection would investigate and seek to prosecute those involved in illegal importations.

"While substances like this may be available overseas, performance and image enhancing drugs are a prohibited import under the Customs Act 1901 and can only be imported with a permit."

Acting Detective Inspector Scott Knowles of the Drug and Serious Crime Group said: "The community should feel safe knowing state and Commonwealth agencies are working together to stop the importation of these dangerous substances and bring those responsible before the courts."