MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Two suspects in the Miami-based Major League Baseball steroid scandal appeared in court Friday.
A judge set a $75, 000 bail for Giovanny Brennes and Juan Carlos Nuñez. Both men were expected to bond out Friday.
They are among seven people accused of distributing illegal drugs to professional and high school athletes that includes Tony Bosch, who headed the now defunct Biogenesis Clinic in Coral Gables.
Bosch is accused supplying performance enhancing drugs to more than a dozen Major League Baseball players including New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez
On August 5th, Bosch the founder of the clinic, bonded out of jail after surrendering himself to federal authorities in Weston earlier that day.
He has pleaded not guilty to a federal drug conspiracy charge. He faces up to 10 years in prison, but could be sentenced to far less than that under the terms of a plea agreement filed Tuesday.
Six other people who allegedly made up his supply and distribution network were also indicted.
Among the others charged were Alex Rodriguez’s cousin Yuri Sucart, Carlos Javier Acevedo, 35, of Miami; Jorge Augustine Velazquez, 43, of Miami; Christopher Benjamin Engroba, 25, of Miami; Lazaro Daniel Collazo, 50, of Hialeah; as well as Nuñez.
Prosecutors also said they arrested three others in a drug ring discovered during the course of the investigation into Biogenesis. However, that case, which centered around the stimulant known as “molly,” was not directly connected to Bosch. Charged in that separate case are Brenes, 35, Jorge Canela, Jr., 25; and Cpl. Carlos Luis Ruiz, 34, all of Miami.
Yuri Sucart, New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez’s cousin, has a scheduled appearance in federal court for August 12th
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