Biogenesis Founder Surrenders To DEA, Admits Steroid Scheme

By McCarton Ackerman 08/06/14

With Anthony Bosch now in custody, more PED-related suspensions are sure to follow.

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One year to the day after more than a dozen suspensions related to banned substances were handed down by Major League Baseball, Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch surrendered to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

On Tuesday morning, Bosch was taken into custody at the DEA office in Weston, Fla., before being led in a DEA vehicle to the U.S. District Courthouse in Miami. Nine others were also arrested as part of the two-year Operation Strikeout investigation. Bosch has reportedly reached a plea deal and will plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids.

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. Several others were also mentioned in clinical documents, but the MLB didn’t have enough evidence against them to take action.

New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez was suspended for the entire 2014 season after reports surfaced that he bought human growth hormone from Bosch’s clinic between 2009 and 2012. He initially fought the suspension, but withdrew a pair of lawsuits last February against the MLB and the MLB Players Association. Other stars like Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers and then-Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz served lesser sentences.

However, the federal investigation didn’t target athletes and put its efforts squarely on Bosch, focusing on how he obtained and administered human growth hormone and other steroids. They 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.

Bosch has also been accused of providing teenagers with performance-enhancing drugs. More than 15 high school and college athletes were listed on clinic records as patients of Bosch and many of them received PEDs. "[Bosch] said if you take this concoction or whatever—it was pills and some small HGH was geared toward extending his growth spurt," said one attorney for a high school baseball player who felt he was too short.  "From 5-7 to 5-10 is a big difference when it comes to the colleges."

The MLB 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.

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