Ex-MLB players Octavio Dotel, Luis Castillo linked to Dominican drug ring

Ex-MLB players Octavio Dotel, Luis Castillo linked to Dominican drug ring

Two former Major League Baseball players were linked to a major drug-trafficking and money-laundering ring by officials in the Dominican Republic Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

Police arrested Octavio Dotel – who pitched for 13 teams in a 15-year career – and cited Luis Castillo – a three-time All-Star who played from 1996-2010 – for their involvement in the network of César Emilio Peralta, also known as "César the Abuser."

Dominican Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez called it “the most important drug trafficking structure in the region,” in a news conference, according to AP.

Rodríguez said Dominican officials linked 18 people to the network, including Dotel and Castillo, after seizing a 1,050-kilogram shipment of drugs going from South America to Puerto Rico with the help of the U.S. government and police agencies. 

Rodriquez said they believe both former players helped Peralta hide the origins of his assets.

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