CUSTOMS BUST: $15K penalty for hidden steroids, drugs
A GLADSTONE duo will pay over $14,000 in penalties for importing a large amount of steroids, drugs and a taser from overseas.
Shane Michael Callinan, 41 and Carol Ann Bevan, 53 appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to one count each of unlawfully import prohibited imports and make a false or misleading statement.
The pair were in a relationship when they returned from an overseas trip to the Brisbane International Airport on April 20 2015, carrying illegal steroids and drugs in their luggage.
The pair were subject to a customs search and inside Callinan's suitcase officers found over 2500 tablets of different types of steroids and testosterone, one vial of testosterone, two vials of steroids and 26 testosterone sachets.
Also amongst his items were 84 Clenbuterol tablets, 22 Stanozolol tablets and a taser.
Callinan hid the drugs in rolled up socks, a jar labelled "Vitamin C" and in another labelled "paracetamol".
Inside Bevan's luggage were 84 Clenbuterol, two Diazepam (Valium) and 13 Alprazolam (Xanax).
She also had two .45 calibre ammunition casings in her bags.
Both did not declare any of the items and lied on their incoming passenger cards.
Callinan did not have a lawyer for the sentencing and Bevan was represented by Cassandra Ditchfield.
Ms Ditchfield said her client was recommended the Clenbuterol for weight loss by a pharmacist overseas.
The mother-of-four works part time as a second-in-charge manager at a clothing store in Gladstone.
Ms Ditchfield said Bevan's former relationship with Callinan was "tumultuous".
She said Bevan had gotten out of a 30 year marriage prior to the relationship and knew nothing about steroids.
"She was vulnerable and naive," Ms Ditchfield said.
Callinan told the court he had been prescribed similar drugs by his doctor in Australia but bought the steroids overseas because they were cheap.
Magistrate Brian Kucks said Bevan and Callinan had the chance to declare the items using the incoming passenger cards.
He said it was obvious they both tried to conceal the items.
Magistrate Brian Kucks fined Callinan $9000 and ordered him to pay an extra $1109.10 to the Commonwealth.
Bevan was fined $3500, also ordered to pay the extra $1109.10.
Convictions were recorded.