South Florida steroid manufacturer pleads guilty in PED case

Friday December 19th, 2014

A man who manufactured steroids for clinics connected to Alex Rodriguez and other Major League Baseball players has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge, according to a report from the Miami Herald.

The man, Paulo Berejuk, provided steroids to two business partners of the clinic Biogenesis of America -- the focus of Major League Baseball's recent investigation into performance-enhancing drugs -- and the owner of a separate clinic, Boca Body.

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The Herald notes that court records show Anthony Bosch, the former owner of Biogensis who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute steroids, said that Bejeruk "had considerable knowledge of chemistry and was capable of manufacturing controlled substances out of raw materials”

From the report:

As part of his plea agreement, the “black market” chemist admitted selling between 5,000 and 10,000 units of testosterone from 2007 to 2013. He has agreed to cooperate with authorities and must turn over his 32-foot Intrepid motorboat to the U.S. government.

Court records also show that Bejeruk, the fifth of eight defendants charged in the case, received $20,000 a month from Bosch for human growth hormones and testosterone, according to the Herald. Bejeruk was taken into custody in October.

Rodriguez was one of 14 players suspended after the investigation. His initial 211-game suspension was reduced to 162 games on appeal. He has admitted to purchasing steroids from Bosch.

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