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Report: Hanley Ramirez Not Under Investigation Involving Drug Ring

Hanley Ramirez when he played for the Boston Red Sox.

BOSTON, MA - MAY 14: Hanley Ramirez #13 of the Boston Red Sox looks on during the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park on May 14, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Athletics defeat the Red Sox 6-5. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Former Boston Red Sox star Hanley Ramirez was mentioned on Friday as being "eyed" in an ongoing federal and state investigation into a drug ring.

The link between Ramirez and the investigation stemmed from a friend of the 34-year-old infielder being caught while transporting fentanyl from New York to Massachusetts in April. A statement from Ramirez's agent indicated his client had no knowledge of the investigation.

A new report from the Boston Globe seems to show Ramirez was telling the truth. Apparently, his friend name-dropped Ramirez to the police in an attempt to avoid arrest.

It clearly didn't work, but unfortunately Ramirez's name got linked to the situation.

A friend of former Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez dropped his name in an effort to avoid arrest while transporting fentanyl from New York to Massachusetts in April, then immediately admitted the player had no connection to the drugs, according to documents filed in US District Court in Boston.

Ramirez is not under federal investigation and has not been linked to any drug ring, according to several people with direct knowledge of the case.

An attorney, who represents the man arrested with the drugs and spoke on the condition that his client not be named because of concerns about his safety, said his client grew up in the Dominican Republic with Ramirez and used his name “to get the cops off his back, which didn’t work.”

If I'm Ramirez, I'm pretty angry with my friend for including me in this. Thankfully, he had no involvement in the alleged criminal activity.

Ramirez has been a free agent since he was released by the Red Sox on June 1. He hit .254 with six home runs, 29 RBI and 25 runs scored before his release.