Anthony Bosch, former head of Biogenesis of America clinic, has surrendered to federal authorities. Drug Enforcement Administration spokeswoman Mia Ro said Yuri Sucart, the cousin of baseball star Alex Rodriguez, was among nine people arrested.
Alexander Emmanuel "Alex" Rodriguez, nicknamed "A-Rod", is an American professional baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB) who received a suspension of 162 games. Rodriguez, during his 20-year career, amassed a .300 batting average, 654 home runs, 1,969 runs batted in (RBIs), and 2,939 hits. Rodriguez is a 14-time All-Star and has won three American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, ten Silver Slugger Awards, and two Gold Glove Awards.
According to a Miami New Times report from January 2013, Rodriguez had bought human growth hormone and other substances from 2009 to 2012 from Biogenesis of America, the clinic of Bosch. It was revealed by Miami New Times that it had obtained records detailing the purchases by Rodriguez and other ballplayers and Sucart bought HGH from Biogenesis.
According to court records, Anthony Bosch was charged with conspiracy to distribute steroids. Among the others charged were Carlos Javier Acevedo, 35, of Miami; Jorge Augustine Velazquez, 43, of Miami; Christopher Benjamin Engroba, 25, of Miami; Lazaro Daniel Collazo, 50, of Hialeah, Fla.; and Juan Carlos Nuñez, 48, of Fort Lauderdale.
Sucart was banned in 2009 from the New York Yankees club house, bus, charter flights, and other team-related activities by Major League Baseball after Alex Rodriguez admitted he used steroids while he was part of Texas Rangers from 2000 to 2003 and said Sucart obtained and injected the drugs for him. This time, Sucart has pleaded not guilty to one charge of conspiracy to distribute Testosterone and five charges of actual distribution of the performance-enhancing substance.
Prominent Miami-Dade baseball coach Lazaro “Lazer” Collazo pleaded not guilty to conspiring with Bosch. Collazo is a former University of Miami relief pitcher, ex-UM assistant baseball coach and one-time Gulliver Prep baseball coach. Bosch accused Collazo of recruiting “many” high school ballplayers who allegedly bought Testosterone from the clinic. In court papers, Bosch alleged that the young clients used to pay $250 to $600 monthly for performance-enhancing drugs, without anyone of them being seen by a licensed doctor. Collazo’s defense attorney, Frank Quintero, said the recruiting allegation by Bosch was an “outright lie” and remarked the allegation that Lazer recruited high school players is total hogwash. Quintero said Lazer referred three parents to Bosch and also remarked two of the teenagers had weight problems and the third wanted to increase strength.
Meanwhile, Alex Rodriguez has started with bicoastal workouts for a possible re-entry into the Yankees team. A-Rod was seen working out at the University of Miami, where the baseball stadium is named after him and at University of California, Los Angeles. He was also seen taking ground balls and working in the weight room at each facility. The Yankees will have Martin Prado to play third next year if Alex Rodriguez is unable to play due to surgically repaired hips.