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

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, a 25-year-old from Paterson, New Jersey, is in custody in the Dominican Republic in connection with the June 9 shooting of Ortiz.

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-Cruz

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

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

The shooting last week of retired 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.

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Investigative police collect evidence at the Dial Bar and Lounge where former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was shot the previous night in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Monday, June 10, 2019. Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said Ortiz was at the bar around 8:50 p.m. Sunday when a gunman approached from behind and shot him at close range. (AP Photo/Luis Gomez)
Eliezer Salvador, who said he took former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz to the hospital after he was shot the day before, holds Ortiz's shoes while speaking to the press outside the hospital where Ortiz is being treated in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Monday, June 10, 2019. Doctors removed Ortiz’s gallbladder and part of his intestine after the beloved former Boston Red Sox slugger known as Big Papi was ambushed by a gunman at a bar in his native Dominican Republic, a spokesman said Monday. (AP Photo/Roberto Guzmán)
A bloodied towel sits in the vehicle that was used to rush Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz to the hospital the previous day after he was shot in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Monday, June 10, 2019. Doctors removed Ortiz’s gallbladder and part of his intestine after the beloved former Boston Red Sox slugger known as Big Papi was ambushed by a gunman at a bar in his native Dominican Republic, a spokesman said Monday. (AP Photo/Roberto Guzmán)
An investigative police officer works to collect evidence outside the Dial Bar and Lounge where former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was shot inside the previous night in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Monday, June 10, 2019. Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said Ortiz was at the bar around 8:50 p.m. Sunday when a gunman approached from behind and shot him at close range. (AP Photo/Luis Gomez)
The Dial Bar and Lounge where former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was shot the previous night in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Monday, June 10, 2019. Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said Ortiz was at the bar around 8:50 p.m. Sunday when a gunman approached from behind and shot him at close range. (AP Photo/Luis Gomez)
A police officer stands guard at the hospital where former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is hospitalized after being shot the previous day in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Monday, June 10, 2019. Doctors removed Ortiz's gallbladder and part of his intestine after the beloved former Boston Red Sox slugger known as Big Papi was ambushed by a gunman at a bar in his native Dominican Republic, a spokesman said Monday. (AP Photo/Roberto Guzman)
The ambulance carrying former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is parked next to a small ambulance plane that will fly him to Boston, at Las Americas Airport in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Monday, June 10, 2019. Doctors removed Ortiz s gallbladder and part of his intestine after the beloved former Boston Red Sox slugger known as Big Papi was ambushed the previous day by a gunman at a bar in his native Dominican Republic, a spokesman said Monday. (AP Photo/Juan Miguel Peña)
Some people and relatives of the former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz try to prevent the media from getting close and taking pictures of Ortiz in an ambulance at a hospital in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, before he was carried to the airport Monday, June 10, 2019. Ortiz helped his adopted city recover from the Boston Marathon bombings. And now the Red Sox are calling on their fans to reciprocate for their beloved Big Papi. (AP Photo/Roberto Guzman)
Porfirio Allende Dechamps Vazquez, a suspect in connection with the shooting of former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, is taken to court by police in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Friday, June 14, 2019. Ortiz was shot in the back at a bar in the Dominican Republic on Sunday, June 9. (AP Photo/Roberto Guzman)
Joel Rodríguez Cruz, a suspect in connection with the shooting of former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, is taken to court by police in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Friday, June 14, 2019. Ortiz was shot in the back at a bar in the Dominican Republic on Sunday, June 9. (AP Photo/Roberto Guzman)
José Eduardo Ciprian, a suspect in connection with the shooting of former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, is taken to court by police in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Friday, June 14, 2019. Ortiz was shot in the back at a bar in the Dominican Republic on Sunday, June 9. (AP Photo/Roberto Guzman)
The director of the National Police, General Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte shows the weapon that was used to shoot former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, during a press conference at the Attorney General's Office in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Six suspects, including the alleged gunman, have been detained in the shooting, the Dominican Republic's chief prosecutor said Wednesday. (AP Photo / Roberto Guzman)
En esta fotografía del 11 de junio de 2019, Eddy Vladimir Feliz García, detenido en relación con el ataque a tiros contra el ex toletero de los medias Rojas de Boston, David Ortiz, es conducido por policías a un tribunal en Santo Domingo, República Dominicana. Su abogado, Deivi Solano, dijo que Feliz García no tenía idea de quien se trataba y confío en que le imputen complicidad en un intento de homicidio. (AP Foto/Roberto Guzman)
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