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Was Doc’s Sports Collection Acquired With Drug Money?

In Detroit, you don’t have to look far to find a struggling family.  Across the border in Windsor, Ont., there is evidence that life was much better for Dr. Colin Sinclair.  He owned one of the best sports collections in the province.  Vintage baseball cards, autographed baseballs from the likes of Ruth and Gehrig.  Dozens of hockey sticks.

Law enforcement authorities believe he paid for some of those items using money he earned from the illegal sale of prescription drugs during a long running scheme. Sinclair says he can’t be held responsible because in his delusional mind, a gang of  bikers was threatening to harm his family.

The bizarre story is playing out in court, where prosecutors say an investigation that began 3 1/2 years ago should result in those items coming back on the market.  Lawyers for Sinclair say he was no dealer…just a guy with a problem who was hoarding those bottles of painkillers.

Investigators say that between January of 2005 and May of 2008, Sinclair wrote hundreds of prescriptions in the names of real patients,  then picked them up himself.  When a new pharmacist alerted them to the unusual activity, detectives took a look inside his office and found thousands of dollars in cash.  A short time later, Sinclair was charged with fraud and possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.

The Windsor Star says the trial could last awhile.

 

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