Biogenesis Founder Has Bail Revoked After Failed Drug Test
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Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch is almost guaranteed to receive a jail sentence after it was revealed that he will plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids. But the infamous PED peddler had a head start on his time behind bars when his bond was revoked after failing another drug test.
U.S. District Judge Darrin P. Gayles jailed the disgraced Bosch after he reportedly failed a third drug test. He previously had two positive tests for cocaine in August and wasn’t attending voluntary treatment. He had been out on $100,000 bail. Bosch is expected to plead guilty next week and could receive a 10-year prison sentence, but will likely receive a reduced amount of time due to his cooperation with authorities.
“I simply have no confidence in his ability to appear as required," said Gayles at a hearing. "The pressure on the defendant, I don't find a mitigating factor. I don't find that he's a good candidate to remain out on bond."
Bosch was arrested last August along with nine others as part of a two-year investigation known as Operation Strikeout. In addition to administering human growth hormone and other steroids to numerous Major League Baseball players, up to 15 high school and college athletes received performance-enhancing substances from Bosch.
The federal investigation also looked into whether he acted as a physician despite lacking a license. Several friends and associates told ESPN’s Outside the Lines that Bosch claimed he was a medical doctor. He also listed himself as “Dr. Bosch” on state corporate filings for Medical HRT, a former venture that never got off the ground.
Nearly 20 professional players connected to the Biogenesis clinic have been suspended by MLB after failing drug tests or having their doping regimens revealed in clinical records. The league confirmed in January 2013 that players will now receive random blood tests during the season. Players were previously only tested for drugs during the off-season and spring training.