MIAMI — Former Dodger Pedro Guerrero was acquitted of drug conspiracy charges Tuesday, after his attorney argued that his low IQ prevented him from understanding that he had agreed to a drug deal.
Federal prosecutors argued that Guerrero, who also played for the St. Louis Cardinals, told an undercover agent and an informant that he would guarantee payment for a $200,000 cocaine shipment.
But Guerrero's attorney, Milton Hirsch, told the jury that the five-time National League all-star was duped by his friend, Adan "Tony" Cruz.
"He really never understood that he was being asked to involve himself in a drug deal," Hirsch said.
The jury acquitted Guerrero after four hours of deliberation.
Guerrero, 43, retired from baseball in 1992. Hirsch said Guerrero dropped out of sixth grade in his native Dominican Republic, has an IQ of 70, can't perform simple tasks such as writing a check or making a bed, and receives a small weekly allowance from his wife.