Former New York Mets second baseman Luis Castillo reportedly cleared of any wrongdoing after drug trafficking arrest earlier this month.
Earlier in August, authorities arrested former New York Mets second baseman Luis Castillo on drug trafficking charges. Castillo and former MLB pitcher Octavio Dotel (who played 19 games for New York in 1999) were accused of being connected to a large Dominican Republic drug investigation.
It was alleged that both former ballplayers used to launder the money of accused drug trafficker César Peralta. However, this week, authorities cleared both Castillo and Dotel of any wrongdoing within the situation.
Per Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports, Judge José Alejandro Vargas released both of them due to a lack of evidence.
Castillo, 43, spent time for the Mets from 2007-10. He was a three-time All-Star, with each of his appearances (2003, 2003, and 2005) coming when he showcased his talents for the then-Florida Marlins from 1996-2005. Castillo additionally won a World Series with the Marlins in 2003, was a three-time Gold Glover from 2003-05, and a two-time National League stolen base leader in 2000 and in 2002.
Dotel, 45, spent time with the Mets, Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies, Toronto Blue Jays, St. Louis Cardinals, and Detroit Tigers during his career from 2009-2013 as a right-handed pitcher.
Dotel won a World Series title in 2011 with the Cardinals over the Texas Rangers. He was the losing pitcher in Game 5 of that series. He pitched a combined no-hitter in 2003 while a member of the Astros.