Jose Canseco steroidsControversial former MLB player Jose Canseco was charged in federal court Tuesday with a misdemeanor offense. His infringement? Apparently, Canseco was attempting to bring human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) across the border from Mexico.

During his initial court appearance, which reportedly took only five minutes, Canseco did not address the court as he was charged with Introduction into Interstate Commerce of a Misbranded Drug. U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruben B. Brooks read the charge to Canseco.

If proven guilty, Canseco can get the maximum sentence of one year-imprisonment and $1,000 fine. Canseco remained silent after leaving the courthouse, not offering any comment to reporters waiting for him outside.

After his court appearance, Canseco was whisked away to the U.S Marshal’s office where his fingerprint and mugshot were taken.

It was last Thursday that Canseco was detained at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement for almost 10 hours after border officials found HCG in his vehicle. HCG is a female fertility drug available only through prescription. HCG is also used by athletes who use anabolic steroids during or after their steroid intake (referred to as cycling) to stabilize or compensate for the testosterone production in the testes.

The former slugger, who played with the New York Yankees and Chicago Sox, is scheduled to appear again before the court Nov. 4 at 9 a.m.

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