Canseco charged with bringing illegal drug from Mexico

Updated: October 15, 2008, 1:50 AM ET
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- Jose Canseco has been charged in San Diego federal court with a misdemeanor offense of trying to bring a fertility drug across the border from Mexico.

The former baseball star did not address the court during his initial court appearance today, which lasted about five minutes. He's charged with introduction into interstate commerce of a misbranded drug, which carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.

His attorney says Canseco was detained at San Diego's San Ysidro border crossing Thursday after agents searched his vehicle and said they found human chorionic gonadotropin, which is illegal without a prescription.

The drug is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency for use in males. The drug helps restore production of testosterone lost in steroid users.

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