Former Yankees pitcher Esteban Loaiza was arrested Friday in San Diego with an estimated half million dollars of what police trust was cocaine, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
Loaiza, 46, was also charged with transgression depends of possession or squeeze of narcotics and travel or sale of narcotics.
A sheriff’s dialect drug notice group destitute the All-Star hurler after he left his home nearby the Mexican limit during a traffic stop in a automobile they believed was carrying drugs, police said.
Investigators detected the 44 pounds of white powder stashed in a secret cell in the automobile they trust is partial of a drug bootlegging ring, according to Lt. Jason Vickery of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
The Tijuana, Mexico, local was held on $200,000 bail and is set to face the transgression drug charges in justice Wednesday.
Loaiza played 14 MLB seasons from 1995-2008 and retired with a career record of 126-114.
He is the second-winningest pitcher from Mexico in MLB story behind Fernando Valenzuela’s 173 wins.
The righthander played for eight opposite teams in his career, spending many of his time with the Pirates, Blue Jays, Rangers and White Sox.
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The journeyman had his best year with the White Sox in 2003, when he went 21-9 with a 2.90 ERA and was the American League’s starting pitcher in that year’s All-Star diversion held at his home park, U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.
He quickly played with the Yankees in 2004 after he was traded from the White Sox to New York in sell for pitcher Jose Contreras, appearing in just 10 games.
It was not immediately famous if Loaiza has hired a lawyer.
He could not be reached for comment.
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The packages containing a white powder are still being tested but are believed to be cocaine, yet other drugs could be concerned as well, Vickery said.
The detain was partial of an ongoing drug probe. After examination the pitcher leave his Imperial Beach home, which he just started renting in February, police stopped his automobile for a “minor traffic infraction.”
That led them to obtain a hunt aver for Loaiza’s let home, where they found the packages of drugs, according to investigators.
Loaiza was quickly married to the late thespian Jenni Rivera, who allegedly entertained for Mexican drug cartels, according to Mexican media.
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Loaiza was distant from Rivera when she died in a craft pile-up in 2012.
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