Former MLB pitcher busted with 20 kilos of drugs
Retired MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza was arrested and charged with possession, transport and sale of drugs after 20 kilos of a ‘white powder’ were found at his rented home in Southern California. The powder is believed to be cocaine and has a street value of around $500,000. The former All-Star is being held in a San Diego jail in lieu of bond and will have his first hearing on Wednesday.
Loaiza was stopped by police officers for a minor traffic violation last Friday. The vehicle had been under surveillance for possibly being used in smuggling operations. When his car was searched, officers found an elaborate compartment designed to hide contraband. Authorities were then granted a search warrant to search his home, where they found the drugs.
The former player, who earned $43.7 million during his career, was part of several MLB teams from 1995 to 2008. He began with the Pittsburgh Pirates before ending his career with the Chicago White Sox. With the White Sox, he had a 21-9 record in 2003 and started in the All-Star Game the same year. Loaiza was also married briefly to Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera, who filed for divorce after they were together for two years. Rivera died in a plane crash shortly after the divorce.