Report: Hanley Ramirez isn’t under federal investigation

I realize that Hanley Ramirez isn’t on the Red Sox anymore, but it is a sigh of relief that he isn’t under federal investigation.  I think it would have been a really bad look for the Red Sox if he was arrested of something due to the fact that they released him in May without really giving a reason to the move.

On Friday, it was being reported by Michele McPhee that Hanley Ramirez was under federal investigation due to involvement in a drug ring.  Barstool Sports’ Jared Carrabis said that he and a lot of other Boston media members were aware of the rumor, they just didn’t want to address it due to the lack of knowledge they had on the situation.

Here is a report from the Boston Globe that will catch you up on things:

A friend of former Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez dropped his name in an effort to avoid arrest while transporting fentanyl from New York to Massachusetts in April, then immediately admitted the player had no connection to the drugs, according to documents filed in US District Court in Boston.

Ramirez is not under federal investigation and has not been linked to any drug ring, according to several people with direct knowledge of the case. The 34-year-old has been a free agent since the Red Sox released him on June 1.

An attorney, who represents the man arrested with the drugs and spoke on the condition that his client not be named because of concerns about his safety, said his client grew up in the Dominican Republic with Ramirez and used his name “to get the cops off his back, which didn’t work.”

The man was stopped by State Police in western Massachusetts in April after a confidential informant tipped the Drug Enforcement Administration that he would be delivering two kilograms of cocaine to Massachusetts, according to a DEA affidavit filed in court.

The man told the trooper “that he was traveling to Boston to see a friend who is a professional baseball player,” the affidavit says. The document doesn’t identify the player by name, but multiple people, including the man’s attorney, said he was referring to Ramirez.

The man consented to a search of his Jeep, but when the trooper asked to open a brown cardboard box found in the rear cargo area, the man declined, saying it belonged to Ramirez.

The man claimed that the box contained books, and that Ramirez’s mother “had shipped the box to him in New York to hand-deliver to his friend [Ramirez] in Boston,” according to the affidavit.

In an attempt to back up his story, the man called Ramirez via FaceTime on his cell phone, then handed it to the trooper. The trooper asked Ramirez if he was aware that his friend was en route to visit him and was delivering a box from his mother. Ramirez said he “was not aware,” according to the affidavit. The trooper asked if he could open the box and Ramirez agreed.

The box contained a gift bag, with two kilograms of fentanyl inside, the affidavit says.

The man was arrested on drug trafficking charges and “immediately began stating that his friend [Ramirez] was not involved at all, and that the box wasn’t for him,” the affidavit says.

The man’s attorney, who asked that he not be named because of concerns it would help identify his client, said “his use of Mr. Ramirez’s name was an ill-thought-out attempt to evade further police scrutiny.”

The attorney said at the time his client dropped the baseball player’s name “he is hoping he’s not going to be arrested; he’s trying to avoid them from searching the vehicle and the box.”

Thankfully, Hanley Ramirez’s name is cleared.  Like I said, it would have been a really bad look for the Red Sox if Ramirez did get in some trouble with the law.  Fortunately, nothing happened and it was all just a story.

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