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August 18, 2014
Former University of Miami pitching coach Lazaro Collazo charged for involvement with Anthony Bosch and Biogenesis

Collazo was one of seven individuals charged ‘for their alleged involvement in the illegal distribution of performance-enhancing drugs to minors, to professional athletes and to others,’ according to U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer. One of South Florida’s fixtures in the baseball community for three decades became one of Tuesday’s casualties in the fallout of the Biogenesis federal probe. Lazaro (Lazer) Collazo, the former long-time University of Miami pitching coach and a major influence on hundreds of youth baseball players over that 30-year stretch, was one of seven individuals charged “for their alleged involvement in the illegal distribution of performance-enhancing drugs to minors, to professional athletes and to others,” according to U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer. Collazo was the only one of the seven men charged who did not appear in U.S. District Court later Tuesday. Collazo’s attorney, John Ruiz, said his client is still hospitalized after suffering a severe dog bite. During Tuesday’s press conference in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Miami, both Ferrer and DEA Special Agent Mark Trouville labeled Collazo a “recruiter for Anthony Bosch” − the Biogenesis founder who was also arrested and charged − and a man who used his vast baseball connections and notoriety to entice young athletes to see Bosch for illegal drugs. “Lazaro Collazo recruited many of these underage athletes,” said Ferrer. “Many of these kids attended public and private schools all throughout South Florida. Prior to starting these illegal PED programs, these underage athletes were never examined by a licensed medical professional in connection with the treatment they received from Bosch.” Ferrer said the youths that Collazo, 50, recruited were typically between 15 and 17, and that these teens paid “between $250 and $600 a month for these PEDs.” Trouville, the DEA Special Agent, said that Bosch “by his own admission” gave performance-enhancing drugs to at least 18 minors, and that the majority of those drugs were purchased on the black market. “These youngsters had no idea what they were putting into their bodies. When you’re talking about PEDs in the black market, we’re talking about some clown in his basement, with a bucket and a burner, and a very dangerously limited knowledge of chemistry,” said Trouville. “And these chemicals were going in our children’s bodies.” While Collazo’s involvement centered around Miami, Bosch’s business spilled into the Dominican Republic, where he and business partner Carlos Acevedo, and Alex Rodriguez’s cousin, Yuri Sucart, formed a separate operation that was designed to supply Dominican teenagers with illegal drugs. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/i-team/ex-university-miami-coach-lazaro-collazo-charged-involvement-biogenesis-article-1.1893175#ixzz3AlIOboxl