Former MLB Pitcher Esteban Loaiza Arrested With 20 Kilograms Of Cocaine

By on February 15, 2018 in ArticlesSports News

Former MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza was arrested on suspicion of trafficking drugs after authorities found packages containing a white powder – believed to be cocaine – at his rental home in Southern California.

Loaiza faces felony charges of possession, transportation, and sale of suspected cocaine. The 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of drugs are worth about $500,000.

Loaiza is the second-winningest pitcher from Mexico in major league history. He played for eight teams from 1995 to 2008, starting the 2003 All-Star Game while with the Chicago White Sox.

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The former pitcher was stopped for a minor traffic infraction. Authorities were surveilling the vehicle on suspicion it was being used to smuggle drugs.

While searching the vehicle, authorities allegedly found a sophisticated compartment used to conceal contraband. That was enough cause to obtain a search warrant for Loaiza's rental home.

The pitcher is currently being held in San Diego's South Bay Detention facility, pending a court appearance on Wednesday.

Loaiza, who made $43.7 million during his career, has made headlines with the law before. He was married for two years to Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera, who filed for divorce shortly before dying in a plane crash in 2012.

After the crash, Loaiza sued the aircraft's owners for wrongful death. He later retracted his lawsuit.

He was also stopped for speeding in 2006, failing a sobriety test. He was arrested during that incident, which prompted the Oakland Athletics (his team at the time) to ban alcohol in visitor and home clubhouses.

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