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Canadian doctor’s assistant due in court

BUFFALO — A Canadian doctor’s assistant whose arrest at the border raised suspicions about the doctor’s treatment of NFL players is scheduled to take a plea in federal court in Buffalo.

Mary Anne Catalano was charged with smuggling in September after border agents questioned her about vials of drugs, including human growth hormone, in her car.

Authorities say Catalano first claimed they were for a conference before saying they were really for Dr. Anthony Galea, who isn’t licensed in the United States. Now Galea faces charges in both countries. He denies any wrongdoing.

Catalano, meanwhile, has cooperated with investigators and is expected to plead guilty Thursday afternoon to a lesser charge of lying to border agents filed last month.

Her lawyer and prosecutors won’t comment.