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Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty to Importing Steroids from China

October 31, 2012

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Buffalo, New York, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of importation of steroids, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Anthony Gianetti, 26, of Buffalo, New York, pleaded guilty to one count before Chief United States District Judge Gary L. Lancaster.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that, on May 5, 2008, Gianetti took delivery at a Monroeville Post Office of a parcel from the People's Republic of China, which contained vials and tablets consisting of six different types of anabolic steroids.

Judge Lancaster scheduled sentencing for March 1, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. The law provides for a sentence of 5 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Leo M. Dillon is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Pennsylvania State Police and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Gianetti.

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