Former World Series Champions Octavio Dotel and Luis Castillo were announced Tuesday as part of "one of the most important drug trafficking structures in the Caribbean," according to the attorney general of the Dominican Republic.
Castillo and Dothel, both originally from the Dominican Republic, were involved, along with 16 others, in a drug ring arrest operation operated by Cesar Emilio Peralta, according to a press release from Dominican Republic Attorney General Jean Allen Rodriguez.
The members of the ring allegedly used the Dominican Republic as a bridge for the transit and illegal entry of drugs into the United States from South America. Perlta, also known as Cesar El Abusador, is said to have formed a mafia-like organization.
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“For entering and laundering the illicit money obtained from drug trafficking, Cesar El Abusador also created a complex corporate framework to conceal the origin of his wealth, also using many people in his family and social circles to conceal his assets, including 2 sports figures from the Dominican Republic that we will present to you, "a press release said. [1
Dothel was also arrested in the Dominican Republican, but the Attorney General did not specify what charges he could face.
Contrary to initial reports that Castillo was arrested in a surgery on Tuesday, his lawyer issued a statement explaining that the former MLB player is in the United States with his family. It is unclear whether authorities will charge Castillo in the case.
Castillo enjoyed a 15-year career in the MLB, playing for the then-Florida Marlins, New York Mets and Minnesota Twins. In 2003, his Marlins team won the World Series.
But he may be best known for one game – when he released a pop-up window in the Mets-Yankees game in 2009. His mistake, in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, cost the Mets a victory and gave the most the Yankees' incredible victory.
Dotel's 15-year MLB career included winning with 12 different teams, though he and Castillo were never teammates. His best years are four and a half seasons with the Houston Astros from 2000 to 2004.
Dothel appeared in two World Series in 2012 for the Detroit Tigers and 2011 for the St. Louis Cardinals when he threw two-thirds of the innings in Game 7 for the cards won.
CORRECTION (August 20, 2019, 5:30 PM ET): A previous version of this article switched photos of two former MLB players who were arrested. Octavio Dothel is on the left and Luis Castillo is on the right, not the other way around.
CORRECTION (20 Aug 2019, 19:32 ET): A previous version of this in the article states that Luis Castillo was arrested. Castillo was identified by the attorney general of the Dominican Republic as affiliated with the drug network, but was not arrested.
David K. Lee contributed.