Judge releases Ex-MLB player Dotel in Dominican Republic

Ex-Mets Octavio Dotel, Luis Castillo released from prison in Dominican Republic

Dotel was arrested in the Dominican Republic on August 20 for his alleged role in a drug trafficking and money laundering operation headed by Cesar "El Abusador" Peralta, who remains a fugitive. Dotel and Castillo were not on Treasury's list, however.

Judge Jose Alejandro Vargas determined that the prosecution did not show sufficient evidence that Dotel was laundering money, dismissing that charge. In the deal, Castillo promised to collaborate with the prosecutor and to clarify his alleged relations with the criminal organization.

Castillo's attorney, Darren Heitner, who previously told The Athletic his firm had reached out to Dominican authorities as soon as the news reports surfaced, said Friday that Castillo met with Dominican Republic authorities and confirmed he has been. Dotel still has a weapons charge against him after the police discovered an allegedly illegal firearm while searching his home following his arrest.

Prosecutors accused Dotel and Castillo of using the money they earned from playing baseball in the U.S.to help launder money for Peralta.

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Octavio Dotel was released on bail and exempted from money laundering charges on Thursday, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes. He was a three-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glover and won the 2003 World Series with the Florida Marlins.



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