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
Esteban Loaiza Stats | Baseball-Reference.com
nSAN DIEGO — Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza, who earned more than $43 million over 14 seasons, is accused of drug dealing involving 44 pounds (20 kilograms) of suspected cocaine.

Loaiza, 46, is scheduled to be arraigned in court in Chula Vista, California, on Wednesday.

He was arrested Friday on suspicion of drug smuggling after San Diego County sheriff’s officers who pulled him over for a traffic violation found a “sophisticated” compartment used to hide contraband in his vehicle. Later they obtained a search warrant for the home he rented in the beach community of Imperial Beach, where officials say packages were found containing a white powder believed to be cocaine.

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

Esteban Loaiza went 126-114 in parts of 14 seasons with eight different teams in the majors. Dave Kaup/Getty ImagesLoaiza played for numerous teams between 1995 and 2008, included stints with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox. He had a 21-9 record with the Chicago White Sox in 2003 and started in the All-Star Game that year.

Investigators obtained a warrant to search a home he had been renting in Imperial Beach and found 44 pounds of a substance believed to be cocaine, valued at $500,000.
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Ex-Blue Jays pitcher Esteban Loaiza busted with 20 kilos of suspected coke

Investigators have said the arrest was part of an on-going narcotics probe but have given few other details about how a successful baseball star became linked to a case involving the transport and sale of drugs with an estimated value of $500,000, according to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.

MLB All-Star Esteban Loaiza Is Cocaine Kingpin, Say Police

It was not immediately known if Loaiza had hired a lawyer, and he could not be reached to comment. He was being held for lack of $200,000 bail pending Wednesday’s court appearance.

Ex-All Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested on drug charges

Loaiza’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.

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.

“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.

“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.”

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.

Ex-All Star pitcher Loaiza arrested on drug charges

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.

Officers stopped Loaiza for a minor traffic infraction and searched his vehicle, leading to a discovery of a “sophisticated aftermarket compartment used to conceal contraband,” the release said.
Esteban Loaiza Stats | Baseball-Reference.com
Esteban Loaiza Stats | Baseball-Reference.com

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.

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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SAN DIEGO — Former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Esteban Loaiza is accused of drug dealing involving 44 pounds (20 kilograms) of suspected cocaine.

The 46-year-old former Major League Baseball player is scheduled to be arraigned in court in Chula Vista, California, on Wednesday.

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.

Loaiza was arrested Friday on suspicion of drug smuggling after San Diego County sheriff’s officers who pulled him over for a traffic violation found a “sophisticated” compartment used to hide contraband in his vehicle. Later they obtained a search warrant for the home he rented in the beach community of Imperial Beach, where officials say packages were found containing a white powder believed to be cocaine.

Loaiza played for numerous teams between 1995 and 2008, included stints with the Toronto Blue Jays, Pittsburgh Pirates, the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox. He had a 21-9 record with the Chicago White Sox in 2003 and started in the All-Star Game that year.

Ex-MLB pitcher Loaiza arrested with over 44 pounds of drugs

Investigators have said the arrest was part of an on-going narcotics probe but have given few other details about how a successful baseball star became linked to a case involving the transport and sale of drugs with an estimated value of $500,000, according to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.

It was not immediately known if Loaiza had hired a lawyer and he could not be reached to comment. He was being held for lack of $200,000 bail pending Wednesday’s court appearance.

Former Dodgers Pitcher Busted With 44 Pounds of Cocaine: Police

Born in Tijuana, Loaiza became a celebrity in his native country after marrying the late Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera. The “Diva de la Banda” was considered to be the most successful female singer in grupero, a male-dominated Mexico regional style, selling more than 15 million records, and acting in reality television before she was killed in a plane crash in 2012.

She filed for divorce shortly before her death, ending their two-year marriage.

Agent, John Boggs, who represented Loaiza during his Major League Baseball career, said he had not seen him in more than a year but that he had heard he was involved in a business selling Mexican-made hats.

“I love Esteban,” Boggs told the San Diego Union Tribune. “He’s a great guy with a big heart — again, I don’t know what or why he’d be involved in this. I have no idea. He’s a friend, and I’m sorry as heck to see what’s going on.”

Cops: Esteban Loaiza 'Sophisticated' Cocaine Smuggler ... w/ $500k In Blow
Cops: Esteban Loaiza ‘Sophisticated’ Cocaine Smuggler … w/ $500k In Blow

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