One year after 13 Major League Baseball players were suspended for ties to the Florida anti-aging clinic Biogenesis of America, Tony Bosch, the clinic's founder, has agreed to plead guilty to distributing steroids.
Bosh, 50, was one of 10 people arrested Tuesday according to reporting from ESPN. Others included Yuri Sucart, Alex Rodriguez's cousin whom the Yankee's star said administered him banned substances smuggled in from the Dominican Republic.
Bosch faces 10 years in prison. His bond was set at $100,000, according to the Associated Press.
Alex Rodriguez's 211-game suspension, which was reduced to 162 games in February, remains the longest in the history of Major League Baseball for steroid use.
Many high profile players have been suspended for links to Biogenesis including Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, and most recently, Ryan Braun last month. Major League Baseball filed a lawsuit against Biogenesis for soliciting and selling illegal and banned substances to its players in March, 2013, but it was later dropped.
A former Biogenesis employee told ESPN's Outside the Lines that Bosch also sold cocktails of testosterone, human growth hormone, and other performance enhancing drugs known as "Sports Performance Packages" to high school students. From the AP:
Professional athletes paid up to $12,000 a month for the drugs provided by Biogenesis, while high schoolers paid up to $600 a month. All the clients were promised that the substances would not be found through drug testing, prosecutors said.
A report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency lists stunted growth, disruption of puberty, leukemia, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, loss of vision, arthritis and thyroid problems as potential risks of taking the substances in unregulated doses.
Earlier this year, Tony Bosch spoke with 60 Minutes about the Biogenesis clinic.
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