The Abuse Stops Here: Big Papi’s Alleged Attacker, D.R. Narcos Kingpin Cesar Peralta, Pleads Guilty To Pushing Coke

November 12, 2022 —Notorious Dominican Republic drug lord Cesar (The Abuser) Peralta pleaded guilty last week on cocaine-distribution charges out of U.S. District Court in Puerto Rico. He was finally extradited to the U.S. from his hideaway in Colombia last January and faces a punishment of 10 years to life in prison. He also has another case in Florida to worry about.

The 47-year old Peralta allegedly put a murder contract on the head of first-ballot Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer David (Big Papi) Ortiz, leading to Ortiz being shot at a Santo Domingo bar in June 2019. The DEA connects him to multiple retired Major League Baseball players.

Peralta appeared on the FBI’s Most Wanted List during10 months as a fugitive in 2020. The FBI named Peralta as the biggest drug kingpin in the Caribbean and one of the most prominent Narcos figures in South America.

U.S. Treasury documents allege he is responsible for shipping thousands of tons of cocaine and heroin to South Florida wholesale dealers between 2007 and 2017. His case in Puerto Rico stems from activity spanning 2015 to 2019.

Last summer, FBI agents and local police in Santo Domingo rounded up a number of Peralta associates as well as Octavio Dotel and Luis Castillo, two well-known former MLB stars from the Dominican Republic. Both were cleared of any wrongdoing in the weeks that followed.

Dotel pitched in MLB for 14 seasons, playing for 13 different clubs. Castillo was a Gold-Glove winning infielder who made three MLB All-Star games and was a staple in the Miami Marlins lineup of the 1990s and 2000s.

Big Papi Ortiz, 47, is considered a national treasure in the Dominican Republic and is a bona fide sports god in New England. Ortiz led three Red Sox squads to World Series titles and left the game in 2016 as one of MLB’s all-time great clutch power hitters.

On June 19, 2019, Ortiz was almost killed, shot in the back as he sat having a drink on the patio of Santo Domingo’s Dial Lounge by a man on a motorcycle. The shooter has ties to Cesar the Abuser. Although initially listed in critical condition in the hospital, Ortiz recovered quickly. Peralta has never faced charg

es in the attack.

Per sources, Ortiz and Peralta were friendly at one time, with Big Papi frequenting Peralta-owned nightclubs in Santo Domingo and even living in the same luxury high-rise condo in the D.R.’s capital city. Peralta was reportedly angered by a romance Ortiz was engaged in with one of his girlfriends. Ortiz bought the woman in question a Lexus, prompting Peralta to order the hit on him.