Skip charged with trafficking

Updated: April 22, 2010, 5:08 PM ET
Associated Press

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Vancouver Paralympics curling skip who won gold for Canada was arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle thousands of counterfeit pills into the country.

A U.S. federal court complaint says Jim Armstrong was taken into custody April 15 in Blaine, Wash., after he picked up counterfeit Viagra and Cialis tablets from a U.S. postal outlet.

Customs officials first noticed the counterfeit package one week earlier and were waiting for Armstrong as he exited the store.

The complaint says Armstrong told the arresting officer his son had purchased the drugs so he could distribute them at Vancouver-area clubs.

Armstrong was charged with trafficking in counterfeit drugs and released on $20,000 bond. He is expected back in U.S. District Court on April 30.


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