Longtime National League East mainstay Luis Castillo, Octavio Dotel arrested in Caribbean drug ring

Julia Karron

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.

Both former Major Leaguers, native to the DR, are part of a 16 person-wide arrest described as "one of the most important drug trafficking structures in the Caribbean region," according to Dominican Republic Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez.

Castillo was a longtime nemesis of the Washington Nationals having played for the division rival Florida Marlins and New York Mets, as well as the Minnesota Twins. Dotel was never a teammate of Castillo's, and he played for 12 different clubs throughout his 15-year career. Castillo won a World Series in 2003 with the Marlins, while Dotel won while he was a member of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011.

Per the Attorney General's report, the Dominican Republic served as a bridge to the United States for drugs coming from South America. The drug trafficking operation, run by César Emilio Peralta, was "a complicated corporate framework to disguise the origin of his fortune, also using numerous individuals belonging to his family and social circle to hide his assets," according to the press release.

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Longtime National League East mainstay Luis Castillo, Octavio Dotel arrested in Caribbean drug ring originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington