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Report: Hanley Ramirez being investigated for role in drug trafficking ring

Alex Reimer
June 22, 2018 - 9:06 pm

Hanley Ramirez is being investigated at the federal and state level for his connection to a massive drug distribution ring centered in Lawrence, reports ABC News’ Michele McPhee. 

Earlier Friday, McPhee tweeted Ramirez was the target of a federal and state inquiry. She expanded on her report in an interview with WAAF. In it, McPhee said a man who was arrested on drug trafficking charges FaceTimed Ramirez during a car stop that led to the seizure of large quantities of drugs. The suspect was later arrested for carrying 435 grams of of fentanyl. 

Ramirez's release from the Red Sox coincided with the incident, McPhee says. He was hitting .254/.313/.395 with six home runs in 195 plate appearances when the Red Sox designated him for assignment May 25. Ramirez remains unsigned. 

The Red Sox say they weren't aware of the situation when they cut Ramirez. “We moved Hanley off the roster for baseball reasons,” team president Sam Kennedy told Kirk Minihane Friday.

MLB didn’t have a comment when the story first surfaced, per NBC Sports Boston’s Evan Drellich.

In a statement, Ramirez’s agent says his client doesn’t know about the allegations. 

This post has been updated.