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Dr. Anthony Galea, HGH smuggler, takes a plea deal

Jul 6, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

Anthony Galea

You’ll recall Dr. Anthony Galea, the Canadian doctor who has been under indictment for smuggling HGH into the United States?  And who counts as his former patients Alex Rodriguez, Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran and Tiger Woods?  Well, he just reached a plea agreement with federal authorities.  The agreement calls for less-than-the-recommended jail time in exchange for cooperation in their ongoing investigation.

What kind of case that cooperation is designed to aid is an interesting question.  As you may recall, the feds questioned Rodriguez, Reyes, Beltran and Woods about this whole affair.  While some would presumably enjoy seeing more athletes with their butts in slings over PED stuff, it would be pretty unorthodox for the feds to go after drug users in any serious way while going  relatively easy on the dealer.  Or maybe there’s a whole other part of this that doesn’t touch on the athletes. Other distributors and the like.

Or maybe someone decided that the whole false statement/perjury/obstruction of justice game that was played with Barry Bonds and is now being played with Roger Clemens is too tasty a morsel to pass up.  It Galea sings and his song is different than that sung by the athletes that spoke with the Buffalo U.S. Attorney’s office, things could get interesting.

Stay tuned, folks.

  1. browngoat25 - Jul 6, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    the way the US Attorneys and investigators have handled themselves, I would expect that they would go after these high profile atheletes. But that said, Buffalo is the AAA affiliate of the Mets…

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 6, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    This case had nothing to do with Buffalo. Buffalo just happened to be a convenient border crossing point. He was probably going to New York. He did use HGH on himself to maintain his youthful looks. Who this shipment of HGH was for is unknown. In the past the doctor has said that that most of his clients used a blood plasma product in order to speed healing. I do not think that this type of therapy was approved for use in the USA. The doctor was not licensed to practice medicine in the USA. I doubt that his big name clients did not realize this problem existed. Rather than being a big fish, I suspect that this guy was simply someone whose ego got him into trouble.

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