It is just fitting that a year after Major League Baseball handed out stiff penalties to players who tested for performance enhancing drugs; the major distributors of the said substance are falling like flies.
According to ESPN, Biogenesis clinic founder Anthony Bosch was arrested by the Drug Enforcement Agency in an operation Tuesday along with several other names including Yuri Sucart, 52, a cousin of one of the suspended players and more recognizable names in baseball - Alex Rodriguez. Bosch and Sucart are facing charges of conspiracy to distribute testosterone, together with Carlos Javier Acevedo, Jorge Augustine Velazquez, Christopher Benjamin Engroba, Juan Carlos Nunez and Lazaro Daniel Collazo, a popular college baseball coach.
Authorities revealed the Bosch and the other arrested organized the meetings between the athletes, and provided the PEDs to the players who paid north of $10,000 a month for the substances. Worse, Bosch who introduced himself to authorities by his alias of "Dr. T." was not even licensed to practice medicine.
''He is not a doctor,'' Mark R. Trouville, chief of the Miami Drug Enforcement Administration office, said of Bosch. ''He is a drug dealer.''
While the principal accused has pleaded not guilty to the charges and his bond was set at $100,000 he still faces jail time of up to 10 years in prison for distributing illegal drugs. While the MLB was not included in the investigation, no athletes were yet to be charged with any involvement. Authorities relayed that Bosch has already admitted to supplying the PEDs to 18 highschoolers and has now agreed to cooperate and plead guilty for a reduced sentence.
For the athletes, several legal minds that their involvement in the scandal will unlikely result to a criminal charges as long as they did not go beyond using to distributing the enhancing substances. The prosecution may also take a little time to verify all the information given to them by Bosch due to his track record.
Meanwhile, Joe Tacopina, a lawyer for Rodriguez explained that the arrests will now put closure on the links of the scandal with his client and with the advent of his suspension nearing, he can now back to focusing on the sport.
''It sort of reinforces the notion that Alex committed no crime, number one,'' Tacopina said. ''And number two, quite frankly, this really signified the beginning of the end of the whole Biogenesis saga and allows Alex to focus on the future going forward.''