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Former Major League pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested for transporting 20 kilos of cocaine and heroin in California

February 12, 2018  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Former Major League pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested for transporting 20 kilos of cocaine and heroin in California

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Former Major League pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested for transporting 20 kilos of cocaine and heroin in California

Former Major League pitcher Esteban Loaiza could be playing baseball for the California Penal League after he was busted for transporting 20 kilos of cocaine and heroin.

According to multiple news outlets, authorities in San Diego County arrested Esteban Loaiza, on Friday for transporting roughly 44 pounds of heroin and cocaine.

Law enforcement officials said the drugs had an estimated street value worth over $500,000.

Loaiza, a native of Tijuana, who attended Imperial Beach’s Mar Vista High School, remains in a Chula Vista jail in lieu of a $200,000 bail package on suspicion of possession of cocaine over 20 kilograms, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and transportation of cocaine.

The former pitcher is scheduled to appear for his arraignment on Wednesday, Fox5 San Diego reported.

A report by Spanish speaking news outlet Univision questions whether the former major league pitcher has the means to post bond.

Esteban Loaiza marriage to late singer Jenni Rivera  ended in a bitter divorce (Univision)

As Univision notes, Loaiza was married to singer Jenni Rivera. However, allegations of financial impropriety on his part led Rivera to divorce Loaiza months before she was killed in a tragic plane crash.

Loaíza also had a relationship with the singer Cristina Eustace and the two had a son together, but the relationship also ended on bad terms.

Over the course of his 14-year major league career, Loaiza pitched for eight different teams including the Pirates, White Sox, Blue Jays, Rangers, Oakland, Nationals, and Yankees.

The two-time All-Star had a 126-114 career record with a 4.65 ERA in 377 games.

He finished second in the Cy Young balloting in 2003 posting a 21-9 record with a 2.90 ERA for the White Sox.

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