Ex-MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested on drug charges

Ex-MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested on drug charges
Cops: Esteban Loaiza ‘Sophisticated’ Cocaine Smuggler … w/ $500k In Blow
nSAN DIEGO — Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza has been arrested on suspicion of trafficking drugs after packages containing a white powder believed to be cocaine were found at a home he rented in Southern California, officials said Monday.

Loaiza, 46, was booked Friday on charges involving the possession, transport and sale of 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of suspected cocaine worth an estimated $500,000, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Loaiza played for numerous teams between 1995 and 2008, starting with the Pittsburgh Pirates and concluding with his second stint with the Chicago White Sox. He had a 21-9 record with the White Sox in 2003 and started in the All-Star Game that year.

It was not immediately known if Loaiza had hired a lawyer, and the former player could not be reached to comment. He was being held Monday in San Diego’s South Bay Detention facility for lack of $200,000 bail pending a court appearance on Wednesday.

The 43-year-old Rivera was known as the “Diva de la Banda” and died as her career was peaking. She was perhaps the most successful female singer in grupero, a male-dominated Mexico regional style, sold more than 15 million records, and moved into acting and reality television.
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Cops: Esteban Loaiza ‘Sophisticated’ Cocaine Smuggler … w/ $500k In Blow

Esteban Loaiza, who spent time with Yankees, arrested with 44 pounds of cocaine worth $500G

Esteban Loaiza went 126-114 in parts of 14 seasons with eight different teams in the majors. Dave Kaup/Getty ImagesLoaiza’s agent, John Boggs, told the San Francisco Chronicle that he had no information about the arrest and that he has not spoken to Loaiza recently. He said that Loaiza had called his office early last week but Boggs was unavailable at the time.

“I am shocked and saddened by the news and had no indication he would ever be in this type of situation,” Boggs said in a text to the newspaper. “I don’t know how he would get himself involved in this, so it’s difficult to even comment on it.”

Officers stopped Loaiza for a minor traffic infraction Friday after he left the home he started renting recently in the Pacific Coast community of Imperial Beach, along the U.S.-Mexico border. Authorities had the vehicle under surveillance on suspicion it was used for smuggling drugs.

It was not immediately known if Loaiza had hired a lawyer, and the former player could not be reached to comment. He was being held Monday in San Diego’s South Bay Detention facility for lack of $200,000 bail pending a court appearance on Wednesday.

When they searched the vehicle, they found a sophisticated compartment used to conceal contraband, authorities said. That led them to obtain a search warrant for Loaiza’s rental home, where they found the packages of drugs, according to investigators.

Loaiza played for numerous teams between 1995 and 2008, starting with the Pittsburgh Pirates and concluding with his second stint with the Chicago White Sox. He had a 21-9 record with the White Sox in 2003 and started in the All-Star Game that year.

The packages containing a white powder are still being tested but are believed to be cocaine, said San Diego Sheriff’s Lt. Jason Vickery.

SAN DIEGO — Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza has been arrested on suspicion of trafficking drugs after packages containing a white powder believed to be cocaine were found at a home he rented in Southern California, officials said Monday.
Ex-MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested after 20 kilograms of powder found at rental home
Ex-MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested after 20 kilograms of powder found at rental home

Loaiza was born in Tijuana, Mexico, and was married for two years to the late Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera. She filed for divorce shortly before she died in a plane crash in 2012.

Ex-All Star pitcher Loaiza arrested on drug charges

The 43-year-old Rivera was known as the “Diva de la Banda” and died as her career was peaking. She was perhaps the most successful female singer in grupero, a male-dominated Mexico regional style, sold more than 15 million records, and moved into acting and reality television.

Esteban Loaiza, who spent time with Yankees, arrested with 44 pounds of cocaine worth $500G
Esteban Loaiza, who spent time with Yankees, arrested with 44 pounds of cocaine worth $500G

Loaiza sued the aircraft’s owners in 2014 for wrongful death but Rivera’s relatives accused him of trying to profit from her death. He denied the accusations and later retracted his lawsuit. He made just over $43.7 million in his major league career.

Esteban Loaiza, who spent time with Yankees, arrested with 44 pounds of cocaine worth $500G
Esteban Loaiza, who spent time with Yankees, arrested with 44 pounds of cocaine worth $500G

SAN DIEGO — Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza has been arrested on suspicion of trafficking drugs after packages containing a white powder believed to be cocaine were found at a home he rented in Southern California, officials said Monday.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza in California on suspicion of drug trafficking, (all times local):

Loaiza, 46, was booked Friday on charges involving the possession, transport and sale of 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of suspected cocaine worth an estimated $500,000, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Loaiza played for numerous teams between 1995 and 2008, starting with the Pittsburgh Pirates and concluding with his second stint with the Chicago White Sox. He had a 21-9 record with the White Sox in 2003 and started in the All-Star Game that year.

Loaiza was being held Monday for lack of $200,000 bail pending a court appearance in San Diego on Wednesday. He could not be reached for comment.

It was not immediately known if Loaiza had hired a lawyer, and the former player could not be reached to comment. He was being held Monday in San Diego’s South Bay Detention facility for lack of $200,000 bail pending a court appearance on Wednesday.

Loaiza, who was born in Tijuana, Mexico, was briefly married to the late singer Jenni Rivera, who died in a plane crash in 2012.

Esteban Loaiza went 126-114 in parts of 14 seasons with eight different teams in the majors. Dave Kaup/Getty ImagesLoaiza’s agent, John Boggs, told the San Francisco Chronicle that he had no information about the arrest and that he has not spoken to Loaiza recently. He said that Loaiza had called his office early last week but Boggs was unavailable at the time.

“I am shocked and saddened by the news and had no indication he would ever be in this type of situation,” Boggs said in a text to the newspaper. “I don’t know how he would get himself involved in this, so it’s difficult to even comment on it.”

Officers stopped Loaiza for a minor traffic infraction Friday after he left the home he started renting recently in the Pacific Coast community of Imperial Beach, along the U.S.-Mexico border. Authorities had the vehicle under surveillance on suspicion it was used for smuggling drugs.

When they searched the vehicle, they found a sophisticated compartment used to conceal contraband, authorities said. That led them to obtain a search warrant for Loaiza’s rental home, where they found the packages of drugs, according to investigators.

The packages containing a white powder are still being tested but are believed to be cocaine, said San Diego Sheriff’s Lt. Jason Vickery.

Loaiza was born in Tijuana, Mexico, and was married for two years to the late Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera. She filed for divorce shortly before she died in a plane crash in 2012.

The 43-year-old Rivera was known as the “Diva de la Banda” and died as her career was peaking. She was perhaps the most successful female singer in grupero, a male-dominated Mexico regional style, sold more than 15 million records, and moved into acting and reality television.

Former MLB All-Star arrested after police find more than 40 pounds of ‘suspected cocaine’ at his house

Loaiza sued the aircraft’s owners in 2014 for wrongful death but Rivera’s relatives accused him of trying to profit from her death. He denied the accusations and later retracted his lawsuit. He made just over $43.7 million in his major league career.


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