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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 22, 2013

Canadian Police Officer Sentenced for Exporting Drugs from the United States into Canada

 

            BUFFALO, N.Y.-- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Geoffrey Purdie, 41, of Niagara, Ontario, Canada, who was convicted of exporting anabolic steroids from the United States into Canada, was sentenced to one year in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

            Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten, who is handling the case, stated that Purdie was employed as a constable with the Niagara Regional Police. On several occasions in November and December 2011, the defendant entered the United States and retrieved packages containing steroids that had been shipped to a business in the U.S. Purdie then smuggled the steroids from the United States into Canada. The defendant presented his official identification as a law enforcement officer to Immigration personnel at the border in order to return to Canada.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of James C. Spero and the Niagara Regional Police, under the direction of Chief Jeffrey McGuire.