Steroid smuggling leads to charges after package seized at Vancouver International Mail Processing Centre

CBSKentville, Nova Scotia – Two men will appear in the Kentville Provincial Court today on charges resulting from a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) investigation into the smuggling and distribution of anabolic steroids.


cbsaRob Volans and Mike Mahaney have been charged with the smuggling and distribution of anabolic steroids under the Customs Act and trafficking under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Mahaney has also been charged under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act for production of anabolic steroids.

“CBSA officers are committed to protecting our borders and our communities. This includes stopping illegal activity, such as the smuggling of illegal steroids, which can have a negative impact on our communities.” – Gina Kennedy, Acting Director, Enforcement and Intelligence Operations Division

The investigation began when 500 grams of the anabolic steroid “Turinabol” or “T-bol” was seized in a parcel from China in December 2015, at the CBSA International Mail Processing Centre in Vancouver. The CBSA Criminal Investigations Unit in Halifax led the investigation with assistance from the Kentville Police Service and New Minas Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

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