Biogenesis founder Bosch taken into custody
08/05/2014 10:04 AM
08/05/2014 12:40 PM
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - A year after Major League Baseball handed down suspensions related to the Biogenesis steroid scandal, Tony Bosch, the defunct Florida clinic's founder, was taken into custody by Drug Enforcement Administration officials.
United States attorney Wilfredo A. Ferrer stated in a news conference that Bosch and six others were arrested Tuesday and will be charged with conspiracy to distribute steroids.
"These defendants were motivated by one thing, money," said Ferrer on Tuesday. "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 Aug. 5. Rodriguez received an unprecedented 211-game suspension, while the other 12 were banned for 50 games.
Rodriguez's cousin, Yuri Sucart, was also arrested Tuesday as part the investigation the DEA called "Operation Strikeout." Sucart, according to Ferrer, worked as a professional athlete recruiter for Bosch.
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.
Major League Baseball players and other athletes were among those interviewed by DEA agents, Trouville said. The high school players, who ranged from 15 to 17 years old in the south Florida area, were told by Bosch that his program was safe and undetectable.
"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.
Bosch, after initially declining to work with Major League Baseball in its investigation, finally began to cooperate. It led to the massive suspensions from last year.
Others suspended last August from the Biogenesis investigation were Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta, Everth Cabrera, Fautino De Los Santos, Francisco Cervelli, Fernando Martinez, Antonio Bastardo, Jesus Montero, Sergio Escalona, Jordany Valdespin, Cesar Puello and Jordan Norberto.
Three other players involved in the Biogenesis case -- Bartolo Colon, Melky Cabrera and Yasmani Grandal -- also served 50-game sentences for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs prior to the August penalties.
Ryan Braun, the 2011 NL MVP, accepted a 65-game suspension last July after also being involved with Biogenesis.
MLB's investigation began following a January 2013 report in the Miami New Times, detailing Rodriguez's association with Bosch.
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