Curler's son jailed for smuggling fake Viagra

BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- The son of a Paralympic curling champ was sentenced to hard time Monday in Seattle for smuggling counterfeit pills.

U.S. Federal Court Judge Ricardo Martinez sentenced Gregory Armstrong, 29, to one year and one day in jail, plus two years of supervised release and a $5,000 fine.

Armstrong and his father, Paralympic curling champ Jim Armstrong, both of Richmond, B.C., were arrested for smuggling counterfeit sex pills last year, and may face further monetary damages.

Armstrong, an admitted dealer of knock-off erectile dysfunction pills, was taken immediately into custody after his lawyer’s bid to delay his jail sentence until May failed.

Jim Armstrong, 60, was busted April 15, 2010, in Blaine, Wash., with a bulk shipment of fake Viagra and Cialis pills from China. He was slapped with a $30,000 fine, one-year of supervised release and 75 hours of community service work.

The Armstrongs are subject to an April 12 restitution hearing at which they are likely to be ordered to pay damages to Viagra-maker Pfizer and Cialis-maker Eli Lilly.

bob.mackin@sunmedia.ca


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