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Tougher penalties go into effect for steroids dealers

Updated: March 29, 2006, 8:37 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Drug dealers, coaches or athletes who distribute steroids could now face harsher sentences after the government made an "emergency" change to its federal sentencing guidelines.

The enhanced penalties apply to defendants who sell steroids or masking agents to an athlete and to coaches who use their positions of trust to entice athletes into using performance-enhancing drugs.

The change -- made by the U.S. Sentencing Commission on a temporary basis Monday -- would typically ...

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