A former All-Star Pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, and Chicago White Sox has been arrested after authorities discovered he was a major cocaine trafficker.
On Friday, San Diego police arrested former pitcher Esteban Loaiza and charged him with a number of crimes, including possession and transportation of narcotics. Police arrested him after finding a hidden compartment in his car, which are often used to conceal and transport drugs.
A subsequent search of his apartment uncovered over 20 kilos of cocaine, with a street value of about half a million dollars.
Loaiza had a successful baseball career, making the All-Star team twice and even finishing second in Cy Young voting one season while with Chicago.
Former Yankees pitcher Esteban Loaiza was arrested on Friday in San Diego, Calif. with over 20 kilograms of cocaine, according to the San Diego Sheriff’s Office.
Loaiza, 46, was busted by the Border Crime Suppression Team, which received a warrant to search his apartment after a “sophisticated aftermarket compartment used to conceal contraband” was found in his car after he was pulled over for a minor traffic violation, the sheriff’s office announced in a news release.
An estimated $500,000 worth of cocaine was found in his apartment, which was located nearby a preschool.
Loaiza was charged with three felonies — possession of cocaine/heroin over 20 kilograms, possession/purchase of narcotics and transportation/sale of narcotics.
He was held on $200,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday to face those felony drug charges.
Loaiza played 14 seasons in MLB from 1995-2008 and finished with a career record of 126-114. He is the second-winningest pitcher from Mexico in MLB history behind Fernando Valenzuela.
He briefly played with the Yankees in 2004 after he was traded from the White Sox to New York in exchange for Jose Contreras.
Loaiza also played for seven different teams in his career, spending most of his time with the Pirates, Blue Jays, Rangers and White Sox.
Here is video from Sports Illustrated on the arrest of Esteban Loaiza.