Weston, FL, United States (4E Sports) – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has taken into custody Tony Bosch, founder of the Florida-based Biogenesis clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs to several Major League players.
According to United States attorney Wilfredo A. Ferrer, Bosch and six others will be charged with conspiracy to distribute steroids.
“These defendants were motivated by one thing, money,” said Ferrer. “Neither Bosch, nor any of his co-defendants, were licensed or had authority to sell (controlled substances).”
A total of 13 players, including Alex Rodriguez, were suspended last year with the New York Yankees slugger receiving an unprecedented 211-game suspension, while the other 12 were banned for 50 games.
Among those arrested Tuesday was Yuri Sucart, the cousin of Alex Rodriguez. Federal agents described Sucart as one of Bosch’s recruiters.
The 52-year-old Sucart was banned from the New York 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.
Carlos Acevedo (Bosch’s business partner), Jorge (Oggi) Velasquez, Juan Nunez, Christopher Engroba and former University of Miami pitching coach Lazer Collazo also were arrested along with Bosch.
Nunez was banned from baseball in 2012 after he was alleged to have masterminded a failed scheme to explain away Cabrera’s positive test for synthetic testosterone by fabricating a fictitious supplement and advertising it on a counterfeit website.
Special agent Mark R. Trouville detailed the DEA’s work, saying Bosch supplied customers, including high school students, with testosterone and human growth hormone from black market distributors.
“Mr. Bosch is not a licensed medical professional, he is a drug dealer,” Trouville said.
Bosch was paid anywhere from a few thousand dollars to up to $12,000 per month by his customers.
Both Trouville and Ferrer said Bosch and his associates also developed a program in the Dominican Republic that provided PEDs to prospective baseball players in their teenage years to prepare for the Major League Baseball draft.