Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch surrenders to DEA , will plead guilty to drug-distribution conspiracy

Bosch at MLB's New York offices last year. (AP Photo/Fitzpatrick Communications)
Bosch at MLB’s New York offices last year. (AP Photo/Fitzpatrick Communications)

The Biogenesis doping scandal that rocked sports a year ago and resulted in the suspension of more than a dozen baseball players, including Alex Rodriguez, has taken another turn with federal agents preparing indictments in connection with the case.

Prosecutors from Florida’s Southern District have been working with the Drug Enforcement Administration and a Florida grand jury has been hearing evidence linked to the scandal for almost two years, the New York Daily News reported, and indictments of  Tony Bosch, the founder of the company that allegedly supplied performance-enhancing drugs to athletes, and six others are expected to be announced Tuesday.

Bosch, who supplied PEDs to athletes and cooperated with MLB’s lengthy invstigation, surrendered to DEA agents at the agency’s Fort Lauderdale office. ESPN reported that he was expected to reach a plea bargain on a charge of conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids.  In addition, shortly after 6 a.m. EDT, agents began bringing in handcuffed Bosch associates. Yuri Sucart, the cousin of A-Rod, was arrested on conspiracy charges, T.J. Quinn of ESPN reported, along with Bosch’s partner, Carlos Acevedo, the News reported. Acevedo faces two counts of distributing performance-enhancing drugs, according to court documents obtained by the News.

The news  prompted speculation that more prominent names would be released or that the scandal would spread to other sports, but ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” reported that pro athletes were not the focus of the investigation, which was centered on possible illegal activities involving Bosch and his associates. However, that raises the possibility that the Biogenesis people may have more knowledge they’re willing to exchange with the feds. Further details are expected when the U.S. Attorney’s office in Miami holds a press conference later Tuesday.

 

The indictments come on the first anniversary of the suspension of 13 MLB players, with A-Rod accepting a 162-game ban and the Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun being suspended for 65 games. The News reported that, according to unnamed sources, “the money men behind operations like Bosch’s are key to the feds’ probe and any further indictments or arrests. A second wave of indictments could implicate one or more players, sources said.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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