Endurance: Eufemiano Fuentes

Eufemiano FuentesDani Pozo/Getty ImagesEufemiano Fuentes was found guilty after having been the center of the Operation Puerto case.
MADRID -- The Spanish doctor at the heart of one of cycling's biggest doping scandals was found guilty Tuesday of endangering public health and given a one-year suspended jail sentence in the Operation Puerto case.

Eufemiano Fuentes also was barred from medical practice in sports for four years and ordered to pay a fine of $6,000.

Judge Julia Santamaria read the verdicts seven years after police raided Fuentes' Madrid clinics and seized more than 100 blood bags.

The judge also ruled that the blood bags be destroyed, ruling out any possible investigations by the World Anti-Doping Agency and Spain's national anti-doping body.

The bags contained red blood cells and plasma that had been separated by Fuentes from his patients through the use of sophisticated centrifuges.

According to the judge, Fuentes' practices were aimed purely at improving athletes' performances, but they also posed a threat to their health.

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