Curler arrested in Blaine for smuggling fake Viagra

Published on Thu, Apr 29, 2010 by Tara Nelson

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A Canadian Paralympic athlete was arrested in Blaine last week after allegedly trying to smuggle thousands of fake Viagra pills into Canada.

Canadian curler James “Jim” Armstrong, 69, of Richmond, B.C., was arrested in Blaine April 15 and has been charged with trafficking counterfeit goods into Canada after U.S. federal agents arrested him at a local postal box.

According to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Armstrong picked up counterfeit Viagra and Cialis from a U.S. Post Office box in Blaine, which his son had allegedly planned to distribute in Vancouver-area night clubs.

Canadian customs agents said they found approximately 2,500 counterfeit Viagra pills and 260 Cialis pills.
The pills were shipped from Los Angeles by way of China.

Armstrong was released on $20,000 bail and a promise to return in court on April 30.

Armstrong had been a successful curler until 2003 when he was injured in a car accident. He returned to curling in his wheelchair in 2007.

The arrest comes just a month after Armstrong won a gold medal for curling in the Vancouver Paralympics.