The judges of the First Collegiate Court of the Santo Domingo province, sentenced to 10 years in prison the former Major League Baseball player, Eugenio Vélez and his brother Algenis, both found guilty of arms trafficking.
The court ruled under the legal classification of association of criminals, carrying, illegal possession of a firearm. Both were sent to the San Pedro de Macorís Correction and Rehabilitation Center.
The former baseball player was arrested in March 2020, when he was aboard a high-end vehicle (Mercedes Benz), where the authorities seized several weapons that they were carrying illegally.
In addition, they seized a 5.6-millimeter caliber rifle, M15, two chargers, and 34 capsules.
Then, the Public Prosecutor’s Office searched the home of the convicted persons, where they found a Waltler brand pistol, model P22, 22 mm caliber, with its charger and six capsules, without any legal permission.
The Major League Baseball player and his brother were brought to justice accused of belonging to a criminal network that was dedicated to illegally buying, trading and distributing firearms in the territory of the Dominican Republic.
Eugenio Vélez played in Lidom with the Toros del Este, Estrellas Orientales and Águilas Cibaeñas.
He in the Major Leagues with the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers, between 2007 and 2011.