Yuri Sucart, Alex Rodriguez's cousin and former personal assistant, was sentenced on Thursday to 7 months in prison for his role in the PED-distribution ring operated by Anthony Bosch.

Sucart, who first appeared on the Yankees' radar in 2009 as A-Rod's assistant, pleaded guilty to federal drug charges in the wake of the Biogenesis investigation that led to the suspension of 14 major-league players, including a season-long ban for Rodriguez in 2014.

Primarily known for his personal and business relationships with A-Rod, Sucart also was accused of recruiting players for Biogenesis. When Rodriguez admitted in 2009 that he had used performance-enhancing drugs supplied by his cousin, Major League Baseball banned Sucart from all 30 of its stadiums.

Sucart, 53, must serve 6 months of house arrest after he is released from prison and then could be deported to the Dominican Republic.

"Mr. Sucart is one of the most important individuals in this case," assistant U.S. Attorney Sharad Motiani said. "It wasn't only Alex Rodriguez. He provided it to other professional athletes, there's no dispute about that."

Rodriguez initially received a 211-game suspension in 2013 from then-commissioner Bud Selig, but it was reduced to 162 on appeal.

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According to court records, Sucart tried to extort money from Rodriguez to keep quiet on Biogenesis.

When A-Rod offered him $600,000 and a three-bedroom house, Sucart upped his demands to $5 million, along with the home, according to court records, which also said the two settled for $900,000.

Sucart apologized to the court but explained that his actions were done "out of ignorance and necessity."

With AP