Trial Date Set for Canadian Paralympic Champion Accused of Counterfeit Drug Sales


A new trial date has been set for the Paralympic curling champion and retired Richmond dentist charged with trafficking counterfeit erectile dysfunction drugs.

Jim Armstrong, 59 year old retired dentist and champion curler, is charged with trafficking fake erectile dysfunction medications with his 28-year-old son, a dentist from Richmond, British Columbia, according to the Richmond Review. The trial will begin on October 25 of this year in the U.S. District Court in Seattle

Armstrong was arrested in Blaine, Washington April 15 after picking up a package from a mailbox store that contained thousands of doses of counterfeit erectile dysfunction medication.

The date for the trial was decided after a brief meeting between Justice Ricardo Martinez, prosecutor and assistant United States attorney Patricia Lally, and lawyers Richard Hansen and Paula Deutche, reports the news source.

Armstrong was charged with intentionally trafficking or attempting to traffic in the counterfeit drugs. The news source reports that such crimes carry penalties as steep as 10 years in prison and a $2 million fine.

Investigators allege that Armstrong’s son, Gregory, distributed the counterfeit drugs in Vancouver nightclubs.

According to the news source, Armstrong’s curling team won the gold medal at the Paralympic Games in Vancouver last winter.