Former Detroit Tigers pitcher linked to drug ring

Tanya Simon
August 22, 2019

With the likes of Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden on the roster, the Mets talent was only matched by their drug usage.

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.

It should be noted that this is not the Luis Castillo that now plays for the Cincinnati Reds.

Rodriguez said that Dotel and Castillo were aiding Peralta in the trafficking. He was used primarily as a starter that season, and was then traded to the Astros as part of the package for Mike Hampton.

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While playing second base for the New York Mets in the Subway Series against the Yankees on June 12, 2009, Castillo dropped an easy pop fly off the bat of Alex Rodriguez to allow two runs to cross the plate. Those would be the final years of his career, as injuries took his speed and, eventually, his place in the majors. He earned almost $57 million during his playing days. Castillo - not the current Cincinnati Reds' pitcher - has not yet been arrested. Meanwhile, Castillo denied any ties in a social media post.

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"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". This story will be fascinating to watch unfold.

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