Reports are coming out that Nationals pitcher Livan Hernandez has been implicated in a money laundering scheme for a known, convicted drug dealer that goes by the name Angel Ayala Vázquez, aka “El Buster.” The original source was a Spanish website and it is becoming blatantly obvious the majority of American sportswriters don’t speak Spanish so it is up to us to figure out what exactly this story says. From a site that has already translated the article:
Washington National’s pitcher Liván Hernández is the target of a federal probe for allegedly laundering money on behalf of convicted drug trafficker Angel Ayala Vázquez, aka “El Buster”. EL VOCERO sources indicated that the investigation started some time ago and mentioned that other high profile figureheads are also targets in addition to those already named in the trial against “El Buster” and his brother Luis Xadiel Cruz Vázquez. These people face money laundering and bank fraud charges.According to the sources, the Cuban pitcher testified in relation to this case before a Grand Jury in the summer of 2009.
DEA Special Agent Pedro Janer added that “we are in constant communication with and are receiving the cooperation of Major League Baseball, which has a great relationship with federal agencies. We are going to explore all the possible angles so that no person involved with this organization evades justice”.
When asked by the press if Liván Hernández could face criminal charges, U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez replied that “time will tell. The answer is yes, that is correct.”
During Ayala’s trial, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents declared that a wharehouse and a collection of exotic cars like Lamborghinis, Aston Martins and Porsches where all registered to the Major League pitcher. Part of the evidence was illustrated by U.S. Attorney Timothy Henwood who showed pictures of the wharehouse interior located in Reparto Valencia, Bayamón (Puerto Rico) which was raided by DEA and FBI agents in June of 2009. The property had a sophisticated recording studio, offices, marble bathrooms, a gym, a barbershop, a mechanics shop, among other luxuries.
This is just as far as I am going to go with this until something more breaks and becomes more concrete. These are serious allegations that could ruin the life and career of a ballplayer and further tarnish the less that reputable reputation of the Washington Nationals. However, I see nothing wrong with laughing at the attached photo to the story. I really wish I could read what it said.
We’ll keep you posted.