Investigative journalist Michele McPhee tweeted on Friday that the first baseman is 'being eyed in connection with an ongoing federal and state investigation.' She later elaborated on The Baseball Reporters show on local Boston sports radio station, The Sports Hub.
She claims there is an investigation going on into a drug ring in Lawerence, Massachusetts, and she believes the man who allegedly FaceTimed Ramirez is tied to that ring. The suspect in the police stop alleges to know Ramirez, she said, but Ramirez was not with him in the vehicle.
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 said that, 'during that auto stop, the suspect claimed that one of the items found in the vehicle belonged to Hanley Ramirez'.
On Friday, Red Sox spokesperson Kevin Gregg said that the team was not made aware of the matter until a reporter reached out to them.
Ramirez was designated for assignment in a surprising move by the Red Sox on May 25, given that he had started 44 of Boston's first 50 games and typically batted No. 3 in the lineup.
The man was stopped by State Police in western MA in April after a confidential informant tipped the Drug Enforcement Administration that he would be delivering two kilograms of cocaine to MA, according to a DEA affidavit filed in court.
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When the report surfaced on Friday, the Red Sox said they were not aware of any potential investigation when they released Ramirez.
Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Ramirez' agent is also denying any knowledge of being under investigation.
May 5, 2018, Arlington, TX, USA: Boston Red Sox designated hitter Hanley Ramirez singles during the third inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
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 organization didn't know about this", Cora said. "I didn't know about this".