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US Authorities Chasing Dominican Drug Lord 'El Abusador' Rumored to Have Targeted David Ortiz

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25:  David Ortiz speaks onstage during the 32nd Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner To Benefit The Miami Project/Buoniconti Fund To Cure Paralysis at New York Hilton Midtown on September 25, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis )
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More troubling news out of the Dominican Republic. As Red Sox legend David Ortiz continues to recover from a shocking shooting incident in his native country that nearly claimed his life, more reporting continues to pour in shedding light on some of the dangerous activities taking place there-- and the figures allegedly behind them.

As noted by reporter Danny Gold, federal authorities in the United States reportedly have set their sights on "El Abusador" César Emilio Peralta, an organized crime figure they consider to be a major drug trafficker. And there's loose talk -- to be clear, unconfirmed at this time -- that Peralta is a person of interest in the case of Ortiz's assassination attempt.

Peralta himself is understood to have neither confirmed nor denied any involvement in the planning of Ortiz's shooting. Interestingly enough, Gold reports that Big Papi and "El Abusador" both own residences in the same building in the DR-- and that the local media have announced the building has been raided.

To reiterate: it is not confirmed that Peralta played a role in the events that led up to Ortiz getting shot, nor is it confirmed that Ortiz was "in trouble" with the guy. But there does seem to be an increasing amount of smoke here. And with the added fact that the Treasury, DEA, and FBI all consider Peralta to be a prolific criminal actor, the stakes have never been higher.

Don't think you've heard the last of this story. Not by a long shot.