Sports Former Blue Jays pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested on drug charges

02:01  13 february  2018
02:01  13 february  2018 Source:   Sportsnet

Former Blue Jays pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested on drug charges

  Former Blue Jays pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested on drug charges Former Blue Jays pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested on drug chargesThe charges involve possessing and transporting more than 20 kilograms of cocaine and heroin for sale. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department says Loaiza was booked into jail Friday evening and held in lieu of $200,000 US bail.

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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.

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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.

The 46-year-old former Major League Baseball player 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 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 Chicago White Sox in 2003 and started in the All-Star Game that year.

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  Ex-MLB pitcher Loaiza pleads not guilty to drug charges Ex-MLB pitcher Loaiza pleads not guilty to drug chargesLoaiza was charged with possession and transportation for sale of more than 10 kilograms of cocaine, a cocaine base or heroin, and using a false compartment to smuggle drugs last week.

In 1991, Esteban Loaiza got included into baseball officially, when he signed a agreement with Pittsburgh Pirates and became an undrafted free of charge agent. In 2002, he offered as a pitcher for Toronto Blue Jays .

Toronto Blue Jays . Top rankings for Esteban Loaiza . Esteban Antonio Loaiza Veyna [lo-EYE-sa] (born December 31, 1971 in Tijuana, Baja California, México) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher .

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 for lack of $200,000 bail pending a court appearance on Wednesday.

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.

"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.

Ex-All Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza to face drug charges

  Ex-All Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza to face drug charges Ex-All Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza to face drug chargesThe 46-year-old former Major League Baseball player is scheduled to be arraigned in court in Chula Vista, California, on Wednesday.

Esteban Antonio Loaiza Veyna [lo-EYE-sa] (born December 31, 1971 in Tijuana, Baja California, México) is a Major League Baseball pitcher free agent. He most recently played for the Chicago White Sox.

Esteban Antonio Loaiza Veyna [lo-EYE-sa] (born December 31, 1971) is a Mexican semi-retired baseball pitcher . He played for several teams and was the American League's starting pitcher in the 70th anniversary 2003 All-Star Game in Chicago.

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.

Loaiza sued the aircraft’s owners in 2014 for wrongful death but her relatives accused him of trying to profit from her death. He denied the accusations and later retracted his lawsuit.

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