August 31, 2019 / 1:33 AM / 16 days ago

Charges dropped against second baseball player in Dominican drug trafficking case

FILE PHOTO: Former MLB player Octavio Dotel, who is suspected of being involved in a drug trafficking gang allegedly run Cesar Emilio Peralta, is released on bail by the court after being detained for nine days in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, August 29, 2019. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The attorney general’s office of the Dominican Republic said on Friday that it had dropped charges against former Major League Baseball player Luis Castillo after the pitcher presented evidence in his favor.

Castillo and fellow Dominican baseball player Octavio Dotel were accused earlier this month of laundering money for what prosecutors called the country’s largest drug trafficking group. A judge dismissed money laundering charges against Dotel on Thursday.

“The prosecution and the judges have done their jobs and everything has been cleared up,” Castillo told reporters.

Reporting by Ezequiel Abiú López; writing by Julia Love; Editing by Rosalba O'Brien

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