BOCA RATON — Two major players in the recent Alex Rodriguez doping scandal and a third man were quietly nabbed by the FBI last week in and around Boca Raton on a litany of charges, Gossip Extra has learned.
The three were accused of peddling bootleg Cialis, Viagra and Xanax as well as steroids and growth hormones, an illegal business conducted out of a fancy cigar bar near Mizner Park.
And one of the suspects, the man who originally approached MLB with proof that New York Yankees slugger was doping, was also accused with trying to sell an AK-47 assault rifle to undercover agents from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
It’s yet another Gossip Extra scoop that the local media didn’t know about: Federal indictments unsealed recently show that Palm Beach County resident Gary Lee Jones, who was paid $125,000 by MLB for documents from the Miami-based Biogenesis rejuvenation clinic showing that Rodriguez, Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun and 12 other players were getting illegal hormone treatment, was arrested in the alleged conspiracy.
Jones allegedly worked with Boca cigar bar owner Frank Fiore and Boca tanning salon owner Anthony Carbone to distribute the counterfeit drugs.
The indictment shows the men used Fiore’s Mizner Park business, Havana Nights Cigar Bar & Lounge, to conduct their illegal business.
The three were nabbed on the same day last week as Biogenesis founder Tony Bosh and seven others, including one of Rodriguez’s cousins, in Miami — but the Boca Raton incident made much less noise.
At least, in the public’s consciousness!
A spywitness tells me masked and heavily armed federal agents raided Havana Nights and arrested Fiore as a woman believed to be his wife loudly lobbed four-letter bombs at law enforcement officials.
Prosecutors believe Fiore has ties to a New Orleans-based mob family, something that’s been denied by his lawyer.
Carbone, meanwhile, was nabbed on a nearby parking lot.
The infamous Biogenesis documents were stolen out of a car parked outside his tanning salon last year, and Carbone’s brother was identified as the man who sold the paperwork to Rodriguez’ lawyers.