A South Florida man who sold patient records stolen from a local steroid clinic to investigators for Major League Baseball and Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez has pleaded guilty to drug and gun charges unrelated to the steroid-distribution case in Miami.
Gary L. Jones, along with co-defendants Anthony Carbone and Frank Fiore, pleaded guilty this fall to conspiring to distribute counterfeit Xanax prescription pills, according to plea agreements filed in West Palm Beach federal court.
Jones, who was convicted in 1987 of passing counterfeit money, also pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of an AK-47 that he tried to sell to a federal undercover agent this year at a Boca Raton bar, according to court records.
Jones, who has worked as a repairman at a Boca Raton tanning salon, gained notoriety earlier this year when it was reported that he sold records taken by a disgruntled employee from the Coral Gables steroid clinic, Biogenesis of America, according to a police report. Jones sold the patient records to an MLB investigator for $150,000 and to a Rodriguez investigator for $200,000 last year.
MLB officials wanted the patient records to build a case against Rodriguez and 13 other professional ballplayers, who were eventually suspended of using performance-enhancing drugs purchased from Biogenesis clinic owner, Anthony Bosch. Last month, Bosch pleaded guilty to a steroid-distribution conspiracy charge in Miami federal court.
Rodriguez, the aging New York Yankees slugger, also wanted the clinic’s records to keep them out of the hands of MLB officials.
This month, the Miami Herald reported that Rodriguez admitted to DEA agents back in January that he had used testosterone, human growth hormones and other steroids purchased from Bosch between 2010 and 2012, according to his statement to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Publicly, however, Rodriguez has repeatedly denied that he has used steroids during his career as an infielder with the Yankees. Rodriguez, a one-time Miami-Dade high school baseball standout, ended his 162-game MLB suspension at the end of the 2014 World Series and returned to the Yankees.