Accused shooter of David Ortiz is indicted for drug conspiracy in New Jersey

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The man accused of shooting retired baseball great David Ortiz in the Dominican Republic has been indicted on drug conspiracy and weapons charges in New Jersey, prosecutors said Thursday.

Rolfi Ferreira-Cruz, 25, from Paterson, New Jersey, is in custody in the Dominican Republic in connection with the June 9 shooting of Ortiz.

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Ferreira-Cruz is also now facing three criminal counts in his home state for conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine; possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine; and weapons possession, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Rolfi Ferreira-CruzPassaic County Prosecutor’s Office

The charges carry penalties of up to 40 years behind bars.

The six-page indictment said the alleged crimes happened Jan. 22 in Passaic County.

The shooting last week of retired Boston Red Sox slugger Ortiz, known as “Big Papi,” occurred at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo, and involved 11 suspects.

Prosecutors say the shooting of Ortiz was a case of mistaken identity and that the bullet was meant for Sixto David Fernández in what authorities have described as a murder-for-hire plot. Fernandez, a friend of Ortiz’s who frequents the bar, was sharing a table with the slugger at the time.

David K. Li contributed.