|Anthony Galea was indicted on a variety of drug-related charges on Thursday. (QMI AGENCY)
Toronto doctor Anthony Galea, who treated golfer Tiger Woods and baseball star Alex Rodriguez, is facing serious jail time south of the border.
Galea, 51, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Buffalo Thursday on a variety of drug-related charges, according to a report in the Buffalo Daily News. No date was set for Galea's arraignment.
The five-count indictment alleges that Galea smuggled misbranded and unapproved drugs, including human growth hormone, into the United States, and lied to Homeland Security agents to avoid detection. Galea is also alleged to have treated more than 20 professional athletes despite not being licensed to practice medicine in the U.S.
"My office, along with our federal law enforcement partners, will not tolerate any attempts to either breach our nation's borders or to bring drugs that are not approved by the (Food and Drug Administration) into the United States," U.S. Attorney William Hochul said in a statement. "There is a reason why the public expects the FDA to determine which substances can be safely used in this country. Misuse of certain substances can obviously be harmful,regardless of whether or not they are being administered by a medical professional."
The most serious charge Galea faces, smuggling, carries a maximum 20-year prison term. Other charges he is facing are punishable by five- and three-year terms.
The ordeal began when Galea's former assistant, Mary Anne Catalano, was arrested at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo last September after being found with medical equipment and banned drugs in her car. Catalano pleaded guilty to one count of lying to border agents and is expected to testify against Galea.
Woods and Rodriguez have admitted to being been treated by Galea, the former team doctor for the Toronto Argonauts, but denied being given performance-enhancing drugs. A number of other prominent baseball and football players have been treated by Galea.