A Miami man is the focus of a federal and state probe looking into the possible illegal distribution of performance-enhancing drugs to professional athletes, according to a newspaper report.
The New York Daily News reported that the Drug Enforcement Administration and Major League Baseball are investigating Anthony Bosch, who has been linked to active and former big-league players, including Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez.
A source with knowledge of the probe told The Miami Herald that Major League Baseball conducted its own investigation before turning over the information it had gathered to law enforcement authorities. The source said the league was unable to complete the investigation on its own because it does not have subpoena power.
Citing unnamed law enforcement sources, the Daily News reported that at least 20 baseball Major Leaguers, as well as NFL players, are linked to Bosch, who has been involved with a number of medical centers and wellness clinics in South Florida.
The players are not considered targets, sources told the newspaper.
But they could serve as witnesses if the investigation turns up evidence that Bosch supplied athletes with performance-enhancing drugs — such as human growth hormone and testosterone — illegally.
In 2009, ESPN reported that Pedro Bosch, a Coral Gables physician and the father of Anthony Bosch, wrote a prescription for a substance that led to a 50-game suspension for Ramirez, who was then with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
That same year, Rodriguez admitted that he had taken steroids from 2001 to 2003.
Pedro Bosch told The Miami Herald in 2009 that he did not write Ramirez a prescription.
Anthony Bosch, 48, has advised Rodriguez on nutrition, supplements and blood analysis, according to the newspaper.
ESPN’s Outside the Lines reported on Saturday that MLB is investigating wellness centers and individuals in South Florida “with the belief that the region stretching 50 miles south from Boca Raton to Miami is ‘ground zero’ for performance-enhancing drugs still filtering into the game.
“ Outside the Lines has learned that MLB security officials have spent considerable time in South Florida since last summer, monitoring clinics believed to be linked to the sale of human growth hormone and testosterone to players. MLB officials hope law enforcement will subpoena clinic records to determine whether players received illegal and banned substances."
According to the Daily News, Bosch is “well-known in Latin American circles” and noted that some players recently busted by MLB for drug violations have South Florida connections, including Ramirez, Melky Cabrera, Yasmani Grandal and Bartolo Colon. Grandal is a former University of Miami star who now plays for the San Diego Padres.