Anthony Galea, a Canadian doctor charged in U.S. federal court Tuesday with smuggling and related drug offenses, frantically crisscrossed the country last summer and injected U.S. professional athletes with human growth hormone and other substances, according to legal documents ESPN has obtained from a Canadian court.
After an eight-month investigation, the Toronto-based physician was charged in a federal criminal complaint filed in Buffalo with smuggling, conspiring to lie to federal officials, unlawful distribution of HGH, introducing the unapproved drug Actovegin into interstate commerce and conspiracy to defraud the United States.
Galea is alleged to have treated athletes in eight major U.S. cities last summer. His busiest destination proved to be Cleveland, where he cared for 11 athletes. According to Catalano, he also treated three athletes in New York during that time, as well as two each in Boston, Tampa, Fla., and Washington. He also visited athlete patients in Orlando, San Diego and San Francisco.
The legal filings do not spell out, however, if the individual athlete played for a franchise in the city in which he received treatment.