Alleged David Ortiz shooter charged in N.J. drug trafficking case


The man charged with shooting David Ortiz apparently has more legal trouble on his hands.

Rolfi Ferreira-Cruz was indicted Thursday in New Jersey on cocaine and heroin possession charges as well as a conspiracy to distribute drugs, according to the Newark U.S. Attorney's Office. Ferreira-Cruz also is charged with possessing a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime, according to WCVB's Duke Castiglione. 

Ferreira-Cruz is one of at least 11 people arrested in connection with Ortiz's shooting on June 9 outside a bar in the Dominican Republic. The 25-year-old told reporters from a D.R. jail cell he was the one who shot Ortiz but claimed the Boston Red Sox legend wasn't his target.

Thursday's charges aren't related to the Ortiz shooting, per the Attorney's office.

Dominican attorney general Jean Alain Rodriguez described Ortiiz's shooting as an assassination attempt but also said Ortiz wasn't the target, and that Ferreira-Cruz was trying to kill Sixto David Fernández, who was seated at Ortiz's table.

Fernandez is the cousin of "Gulf Cartel" member Victor Hugo Gómez, whom Rodriguez said ordered the hit on Fernandez that led to Ortiz being shot.

The ex-Red Sox slugger is recovering from a gunshot wound at Massachusetts General Hospital and had his condition updated to "good" Tuesday, according to his wife, Tiffany.

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