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August 5, 2014
Tony Bosch surrenders on distributing steroids charges
bosch Tony Bosch, the former director of the South Florida anti-aging clinic that became ground zero for baseball’s biggest doping scandal, has been charged with distributing steroids to professional and high school athletes. Bosch, who helmed the Biogenesis clinic in Coral Gables, Fla., surrendered Tuesday morning and faces one count of conspiracy to distribute testosterone, Mia Ro, a spokeswoman for the Drug Enforcement Agency, told USA TODAY Sports. Wilfredo Ferrer, U.S. Attorney for the southern district of Florida, said in a news conference Tuesday afternoon that Bosch was one of nine people charged and in custody. “They were putting these athletes’ health at risk,” Ferrer said. Among those charged were a longtime associate of Bosch’s, Carlos Javier Acevedo, who also surrendered and faces the same charge, and Yuri Sucart, who is a cousin of suspended New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodirguez. Rodriguez was implicated as client of Biogenesis in documents that Major League Baseball used in its case against him that resulted in a 211-game ban that eventually was reduced to 162 games by an arbitrator. Sucart’s name also appeared in the documents, and Ferrer said Tuesday that Sucart was employed by Bosch as a recruiter. Court documents allege that Bosch, now 50, distributed testosterone from October 2008 through December 2012. The charge carries a maximum 10-year sentence, however Bosch has agreed to a plea deal and he will plead guilty in exchange for reduced sentencing. Athletes or others who received performance-enhancing drugs from Bosch are not named in the court documents, and such investigations typically target distributors, and not users.
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Major leaguers tied to Bosch and Biogenesis number more than a dozen; 14 were suspended last summer, most notably Rodriguez and Ryan Braun. Rodriguez is still serving his ban that will last through this season. Braun served a season-ending 65-game suspension that began in July 2013. And a dozen more served 50-game suspensions last season – their punishment coming from Major League Baseball exactly one year before Bosch surrendered to federal authorities. His testimony was crucial to Major League Baseball’s efforts to discipline those linked to Biogenesis. Bosch agreed to cooperate with MLB and his dossier of doping calendars, e-mails and text messages became the backbone of baseball’s case. Bosch eventually testifiied in an arbitration hearing that resulted in 162 games of Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension getting upheld. In return for his cooperation, MLB vowed to put in a good word for Bosch in any legal proceeding. That time apparently has come. Bosch’s operation was revealed when one of his former associates, Porter Fischer, revealed details of Biogenesis’ PED distribution to the Miami New Times in January 2013; Fischer, who went to the media because Bosch owed him $4,000, later alleged that Bosch distributed performance-enhancing drugs to minors. Dozens of players’ names appeared in Biogenesis documents, and its clients included two players – outfielder Melky Cabrera and pitcher Bartolo Colon – who served 50-game suspensions in 2012 after testing positive for testosterone. Rodriguez, Braun and others suspended in 2013 did not test positive under Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2014/08/05/tony-bosch-surrenders-dea-biogenesis-alex-rodriguez/13614477/