MIAMI (AP) — The man at the center of the investigation involving a former Coral Gables clinic which reportedly sold banned steroids to Major League Baseball players has been ordered back to jail. U.S. District Judge Darrin P. Gayles revoked Anthony Bosch’s bail for testing positive twice for cocaine use in August. Bosch, who operated the now defunct Biogenesis Clinic, has reportedly admitted to selling up to 5,000 units of testosterone to New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and other professional and high school ballplayers. Fourteen MLB players were suspended, including a season-long suspension for Rodriguez. Bosch is scheduled to plead guilty to the charges next week. Under terms of the plea agreement, Bosch is facing up to 10 years in prison. Bosch and six other people who allegedly made up his supply and distribution network were indicted in the MLB doping scandal investigation. Among the others charged were Alex Rodriguez’s cousin Yuri Sucart, Carlos Javier Acevedo of Miami; Jorge Augustine Velazquez of Miami; Christopher Benjamin Engroba of Miami; Lazaro Daniel Collazo of Hialeah and Juan Carlos Nuñez of Fort Lauderdale. Sucart was banned from the Yankees clubhouse, charter flights, bus and other team-related activities by Major League Baseball in 2009 after Rodriguez admitted he used steroids while with Texas from 2000 to 2003, saying Sucart obtained and injected the drugs for him. Collazo is a former pitching coach for the universities of Miami, Louisville and South Florida who has also worked as a private instructor with numerous high school, college and professional pitchers. His University of Miami biography says he worked with Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer during his 1991 comeback attempt, seven years after Palmer’s retirement. So far no athletes have been charged as part of the investigation. Professional athletes reportedly paid up to $12,000 a month for the drugs provided by Biogenesis, while high schoolers paid up to $600 a month. All Bosch’s clients were promised that the substances would not be found through drug testing, according to prosecutors. The scandal broke in January 2013 when the Miami New Times published an expose that detailed how Bosch, through his unlicensed clinic, was secretly dealing steroids to ballplayers and other sports figures. One of his employees, Porter Fischer, went to the newspaper with documents he had taken from the clinic, including client lists and the amounts they had paid for the drugs.
October 6, 2014
Anthony Bosch (of Bigenesis) ordered back to jail