Galea's Assistant Takes Plea

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 25, 2010 at 10:06 AM EDT

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September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 25, 2010 at 10:06 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- The Federal case against the Canadian doctor charged with treating athletes in the United State with illegal performance enhancing drugs took a dramatic turn Thursday.

The assistant to Dr. Anthony Galea, 32-year-old Mary Anne Catalano, took a plea deal in exchange for her cooperation with Federal authorities.

Catalano pleaded guilty to a felony charge for making a false statement after being stopped with drugs by border agents at the Peace Bridge. Catalano told agents the medical supplies were for a convention in Washington, when in fact, the drugs were going to be used to treat one of Dr. Galea's athlete patients.

Thursday's plea could see Catalano's sentence reduced from maximum of five years in prison to just six months.