By Belle Hatfield
A sentencing hearing is scheduled in Halifax federal court March 3-7, for a former Yarmouth County Athlete of the Year who has pleaded guilty to three charges under Canada’s Customs Act and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
Greg Doucette, 38, of Halifax, is a Nova Scotia bodybuilding champion. He was arrested and charged in October 2012 after Canadian Border Services Agency investigators executed search warrants at his home and gym. They seized $250,000 worth of steroids and $23,000 in cash during the raid.
In addition to smuggling and possession charges, the Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) Criminal Investigations Division charged Doucette with importing, trafficking and distributing steroids under the Customs Act and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Earlier this year, Doucette pleaded guilty to one charge of smuggling and two charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The charges stemmed from offences that were alleged to have occurred between 2010 and 2012.
The investigation started in 2010 when border services agents intercepted multiple packages at the CBSA Vancouver International Mail center. The packages contained steroids and were all destined for Halifax. Albert Price, manager of criminal services at the border services Halifax office told the Vanguard that once agents identified a pattern, surveillance began, and with the help of Canada Post, enough evidence was gathered to secure a search warrant. Agents executed a search of Doucette’s home, vehicle and a storage locker.
Price told the Vanguard that the seizure included over 16,000 pills, hundreds of grams of raw materials and steroid distribution materials.
Doucette is originally from Amirault’s Hill. He has been involved in serious weight training since the age of 10. At the time of his arrest he was competing throughout the Maritimes. In 2012 he had won firsts at competitions in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Click here to to see Doucette in action.
In 2000 he was recognized as Yarmouth's Athlete of the Year for his first place finish at the world natural (drug-free) bodybuilding championships. In 2010 Doucette tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug at the Canadian Powerlifting Union's Eastern Canadian Championships. He did not dispute the test, but said he was unaware that he had taken the substance, which he believed was contained in a supplement.
The charges carry penalties as high as $500,000 in fines and up to five years in jail.