At the Santo Domingo supplement store Gurabo, owned by Dominican bodybuilder Victor Martinez, anyone can walk in and purchase steroids, protein powders and supplements. On a recent afternoon, the store was teeming with customers, everyone from ripped gym rats to scrawny young men. Photographs of Martinez and his cartoonish muscles adorned one wall. Buying "Boli", however, was a little trickier. The bodybuilder said that Primobolan is sometimes available at a store such as Gurabo, but more often it is acquired on the black market: business has been good, he says, after A-Rod's admission that Primobolan was his drug of choice between 2001-03.
In February 2009, Sports Illustrated reported that Alex Rodriguez tested positive for two anabolic steroids , testosterone and metenolone enanthate, while playing for the Texas Rangers in 2003. He claims to have purchased them over the counter, in the Dominican Republic . However, " boli ," as he referred to it, is an illegal substance in the Dominican Republic.   In an interview with ESPN two days after the SI revelations, Rodriguez admitted to using banned substances from 2001 to 2003, citing "an enormous amount of pressure to perform," but said he had not since then used banned performance-enhancing substances.   He said he did not know the name(s) of the particular substance(s) he was using, and would not specify whether he took them in injectable form. 
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