Former federal immigration agent pleads guilty to Chinese steroids and HGH importation.

A former federal immigration agent in Washington state has pleaded guilty to importing steroids.

Sean Patrick Ganley was a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent based in Blaine. He entered the plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle.

He acknowledged ordering human growth hormone and steroids from Beijing in April 2008 using a false telephone number and fictitious address. Customs inspectors working at JFK International Airport in New York discovered the drugs.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Spokane handled the prosecution to avoid any appearances of a conflict of interest involving the U.S. attorney’s office in Seattle.

The 37-year-old Ganley is scheduled to be sentenced in September. The maximum for importing steroids is 10 years in prison.

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