Another Person Arrested In Miami-Based MLB Steroid Scandal
South Florida Crime
MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Another person charged in connection to the Miami-based Major League Baseball steroid scandal was arrested.
Lazaro “Lazer” Collazo, 50, a former pitching coach at the University of Miami turned himself in to federal authorities Wednesday.
He’s charged with conspiracy to distribute testosterone in connection to the Biogenesis Clinic in Coral Gables linked with performance enhancing drugs made available to Major League Baseball players including New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez.
In bond court the same day, Collazo was given a $50,000 bond and was ordered to surrender travel documents.
Collazo is also a former pitching coach for the universities of Louisville and South Florida. He has also worked as a private instructor with numerous high school, college and professional pitchers. His University of Miami biography says he worked with Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer during his 1991 comeback attempt, seven years after Palmer’s retirement.
Collazo is just one of a group people indicted for supplying performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) to more than a dozen Major League baseball players.
On August 5th, Anthony Bosch, the founder of the now defunct clinic turned himself in and bonded out of jail on the same 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 earlier this month.
Six other people, including Collazo, 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; and Juan Carlos Nuñez, 48, of Fort Lauderdale.
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