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Wheelchair curling champ busted for importing fake Viagra

BOB MACKIN, 24 HOURS

Jim Armstrong's wheelchair curling career may be on thin ice after he was busted by American authorities for allegedly trafficking in counterfeit erectile dysfunction pills.

Canada's Paralympic gold medal-winning skip was arrested April 15 outside Mail Boxes International in Blaine, Wash., with fake Viagra and Cialis shipped from Hyyuan, China.

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According to an April 16 filing in United States District Court, Customs and Border Protection officials in Los Angeles intercepted a shipment of 2,544 pills marked Viagra and 260 pills marked Cialis that were addressed to Carleen Armstrong. That is the name of Armstrong's wife who died of cancer in 2009.

Food and Drug Administration special agent Jim Burkhardt arrested Armstrong after he picked up the pills. Burkhardt said evidence showed Armstrong made weekly pick-ups and received "an inordinately high number of shipments from foreign countries." Burkhardt claimed Armstrong admitted retrieving the counterfeit drugs and that "his son Gregory Armstrong purchased the drugs and distributed the drugs at clubs in the Vancouver area."

Armstrong was released on $20,000 bail and surrendered his passport. He is scheduled to appear in court in Seattle on April 30. The former dentist was a six-time Brier contestant who switched to wheelchair curling in 2007 because of debilitating back and knee injuries. He won Paralympic gold on March 20.