Dominican's largest drug trafficking gang dismantled after raids, says prosecutor

Ross Houston
August 22, 2019

Former World Series champions Luis Castillo and Octavio Dotel were arrested in connection with one of the largest drug trafficking operations in the Dominican Republic, according to a report from NBC News.

Officials said Tuesday that they are still seeking ring leader Cesar Emilio Peralta, known as "Cesar El Abusador".

Reports out of the Dominican have yet to indicate exactly what roles Dotel and Castillo are accused to have had in Peralta's alleged drug-trafficking and money-laundering operations.

Dotel, a reliever who pitched for a then-record 13 teams, and Castillo, a three-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove victor, were taken into custody as authorities executed large-scale searches related to notorious drug trafficker Cesar Emilio Peralta, according to Diario Libre.

"Eighteen other people are linked to this network, including athletes and baseball players Octavio Dotel and Luis Castillo", Rodríguez said in a press conference (via, calling it "the most important drug trafficking structure in the region".

USA agencies participated in the investigation, Rodriguez said. Castillo - not the current Cincinnati Reds' pitcher - has not yet been arrested. Dotel spent his rookie year with the Mets, posting an 8-3 record, but with a 5.38 ERA and a 1.383 WHiP over his 85.1 innings.

Dotel was never a teammate of Castillo's, and he played for 12 different clubs throughout his 15-year career. Castillo, 43, played 15 seasons in the big leagues as well, including 10 with the Marlins.

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