It seemed to drop off the map, but remember in February when Gary Matthews, Jr. was implicated as purchasing performance-enhancing drugs (specifically HGH) through an online pharmacy based out of Orlando, FL?
Today, Joseph Raich, one of the co-owners of Palm Beach Rejuvenation, which issued steroids through Signature Pharmacy, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy as part of an investigation into illegal interstate steroid sales. As reported by the AP:
As part of a deal with prosecutors, Raich agreed to plead guilty to one count of fourth-degree conspiracy, pay $200,000 in restitution and cooperate against the remaining defendants in exchange for five years' probation.
"The cooperation of Mr. Raich has shed new light on the inner workings of Signature Pharmacy, and we will continue to aggressively pursue our case against the remaining defendants," Albany County District Attorney David Soares said.
Matthews, Jr., however, may dodge the “prosecution” bullet, for even if his name were to surface, Matthews would have had to reside in Albany Co. That doesn’t mean that he couldn’t be called as a witness in any investigation.
And, recall it doesn’t stop there. Soares has said that any names of professional athletes that surface as part of the investigation would be turned over their respective leagues. From that, it is possible that Matthews could be suspended by the Commissioner.