A promising Australian rider has been convicted and fined by the Australian Customs Service for ille
PIC BY AUSTRALIAN CUSTOMS 21 year-old Australian cyclist Andrew Wyper has been found guilty of illegally importing drugs from Indonesia. The Australian Customs Service reported that Wyper, who is from Inverell in northern NSW, was convicted in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday, November 21 for the offence. He was fined a total of $4,067 including costs. Customs began the investigation after officers intercepted a parcel from Indonesia at the Sydney International Mail Centre in November 2005. The parcel contained four vials of anabolic steroids, seven vials of HGH (human growth hormone), and a syringe marked as containing EPO (erythropoietin) – all prohibited imports under the Australian Customs Act. In December, customs officers searched a house in Inverell and seized documents relating to the case. Wyper has represented Australia as a junior at the track and road world championships in 2003. He has ridden on the road for a German team for the last two years, and has expressed ambitions of representing Australia at the Olympic Games and riding the Tour de France. Cycling Australia has not yet released an official statement about the matter, but was quoted by AAP as saying that it would hand over the case to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA).