According to reports, two former Major League Baseball players have been linked to a drug ring in the Dominican Republic.
The players named in the report are former Detroit Tigers pitcher Octavio Dotel and Cincinnati Reds infielder, Luis Castillo.
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities in the Dominican Republic have arrested former pitcher Octavio Dotel and cited ex-infielder Luis Castillo for their alleged links to a drug-trafficking and money-laundering ring, officials said Tuesday.
Dominican Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez said police are also actively pursuing the alleged leader of the ring, César Emilio Peralta, also known as “César the Abuser.” Castillo – not the current Cincinnati Reds’ pitcher – has not yet been arrested.
“Eighteen other people are linked to this network, including athletes and baseball players Octavio Dotel and Luis Castillo,” Rodríguez said in a news conference, calling it “the most important drug trafficking structure in the region.”
He said Peralta created a complicated system of companies to hide the origins of his assets, using members of his family and social circles, “including two sports figures in the Dominican Republic.”
Dotel pitched his final two Major League Baseball seasons with the Tigers (2012-2013). In 63 appearances, he posted a 4.31 ERA.