Private detectives say drug trafficking organizations have targeted David Ortiz

Boston (AP) — A Dominican drug trafficker who was jealous of David Ortiz and felt despised by him shot him at a Dominican nightclub in 2019.

Findings by former Boston Police Department member Edward Davis Report by The Boston Globe It contradicts the theory of crime developed by Dominican prosecutors on Saturday.

Davis told the newspaper that drug trafficker Cesar Peralta had identified Ortiz as a bounty and adjusted the shooting by sanctioning the hit team that tried to kill him. Dominican authorities did not cooperate with private detectives.

Peralta has been detained without bail in Puerto Rico on irrelevant charges of a plot to import cocaine and heroin. The US Treasury has designated Peralta as the drug champion in 2019. Handed over to US territory During December.

Ortiz spokesman Joe Baerlein told Globe that Davis’ findings were withheld for Ortiz’s safety until Peralta was detained in the United States.

Peralta has not been charged in connection with the Ortiz shooting. Joaquin Perez, a lawyer for Peralta, said Peralta had nothing to do with Ortiz’s attempt at life.

“It’s as bad as Cesar Peralta, but it’s not even close to being in the stadium that he has anything to do with it,” Perez said.

Perez described Ortiz and Peralta as “close friends.” When Ortiz casually knew Peralta and received news from former CIA officials Davis and Rick Prado who participated in the investigation, he was “sad, confused, angry, all sorts of emotions.” He said it was.

Dominican officials said the target was Sixt David Fernandez, who shared a table with Ortiz when he was shot. Officials said the hit man confused Fernandez with Ortiz, one of the most popular Dominican ball players to date.

Thirteen people have been charged in connection with the Ortiz shooting and are awaiting trial in the Dominican Republic.

Baerlein said Ortiz is waiting for further legal action in Dominican and US courts to clarify why this happened to him.

The 10-time All-Star Ortiz helped the Red Sox end the 86-year championship drought in 2004, hitting .688 against the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013 and winning the Series MVP.

Ortiz retired with 541 home runs after the 2016 season and the team retired from his jersey No. 34. He first appeared on the ballot in January and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Ortiz maintained his home in the Boston area and spent part of the year in the Dominican Republic. He was seriously injured in the shooting on June 9, 2019.. A Dominican doctor removed Ortiz’s gallbladder and part of the intestine after the shooting, and he underwent further surgery in the United States.

Ortiz told Globe that he wanted to know why someone wanted to die, but “most importantly, I thank the living God.”