Several individuals related to the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal that led to the suspensions of Major League Baseball stars Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun have been charged with federal crimes. Chief among them: Anthony Bosch, the unlicensed "doctor" with a Central American medical degree who founded Biogenesis. From the New York Daily News:
Prosecutors from the Southern District of Florida, working with the DEA and a grand jury that has been reviewing evidence linked to Major League Baseball’s 2013 doping scandal for close to two years, charged Bosch with conspiracy to distribute steroids early Tuesday, and hauled in several of his associates, including one man, Carlos Acevedo, who faces two counts of distributing performance-enhancing drugs and up to 30 years in prison, according to court documents.
Bosch, who supplied performance-enhancing drugs to the Yankees’ disgraced superstar and more than a dozen other Major League Baseball players and later cooperated with MLB investigators, also cooperated with federal prosecutors and the DEA, sources told the News, and will likely plead guilty and receive consideration for his cooperation. Bosch turned himself in early Tuesday.
Yankees star Rodriguez is currently serving a seasonlong suspension; other prominent players implicated in the scandal—including the Milwaukee Brewers' Braun, the Toronto Blue Jays' Melky Cabrera, the Baltimore Orioles' Nelson Cruz, and the New York Mets' Bartolo Colon—have already returned to play.