American authorities have charged a Canadian sports doctor related to the alleged smuggling of unapproved drugs into the U.S. to treat professional athletes.
The complaint, filed in federal court in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, alleges that Toronto-based sports medicine doctor Anthony Galea entered the U.S. from Canada "numerous times" between Sept. 2007 and Sept. 2009.
On his visits to the U.S., authorities say Galea met with patients, including professional athletes from MLB, NFL and PGA and gave them performance-enhancing treatments, according to court documents.
Galea entered the U.S. without authorization to work there as a doctor, court documents allege.
Three witnesses, all current or retired NFL athletes, are mentioned in the affidavit. The athletes are not named. Galea's invoices to those three patients total about $200,000.
Galea is alleged to have brought human growth hormone and actovegin into the U.S. illegally.
Galea also faces four drug-related charges in Canada.
Galea, who has worked with the Canadian Football League, has been linked to several high-profile athletes south of the border, including Tiger Woods and Alex Rodriguez.