Investigative reporter Michele McPhee tweeted on Friday that former Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez is “being eyed in connection with an ongoing federal and state investigation.” She later told Jim Murray and Marshall Hook on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s The Baseball Reporters that the investigation is related to a large drug trafficking conspiracy.
According to McPhee, a recent stop by police discovered “a significant amount of drugs” in the suspect’s car. The suspect told the officers that “one of the items found in his vehicle belonged to Hanley Ramirez.” He then made a “FaceTime” phone call to Ramirez in front of the police during the stop.
McPhee says the “car stop” with the police “coordinated with the timing” of Ramirez’s release from the Red Sox, who designated the 34-year-old for assignment on May 25.
Red Sox spokesman Kevin Gregg denied that the Red Sox had any knowledge of Ramirez’s involvement in the case. Jared Carrabis of Barstool Sports reported later on Friday that he believes “most” people in the Red Sox organization did not know about it. Ramirez has not been charged with any crimes as of Friday.
McPhee added that the suspect was arraigned on June 8 in connection with possession of “435 grams of fentanyl, along with a large amount of crack cocaine.” She believes that the suspect has ties to a “substantial ring” based in Lawrence, Mass. that has been the target of a large, ongoing federal investigation.
As noted by Carrabis, the crimes with alleged connections to Ramirez is related to the indictment of 45 individuals that the District of New Hampshire U.S. Attorney’s office announced in April.
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