All-Star Pitcher Arrested For Drug Trafficking
Pitcher Esteban Loaiza was caught with 44 pounds of heroin and cocaine. in San Diego, where he’s currently being held on $200,000 bail.
As reported by ABC News, Two-time MLB All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza was arrested last week after San Diego County sheriffs allegedly caught him with half a million dollars in cocaine.
Loaiza, who pitched in the majors for 14 years, most prominently with the Chicago White Sox, was pulled over for a minor traffic violation while under surveillance for an ongoing narcotics investigation on Feb. 9, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
A search of Loaiza’s vehicle revealed “a sophisticated aftermarket compartment used to conceal contraband,” the sheriff’s department said. No drugs were actually found in the car, but the search led detectives to to investigate his home near San Diego.
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A search warrant was issued for Loaiza’s home in Imperial Beach, California, where investigators found over 44 pounds of cocaine. Authorities estimated the drugs had a street value of about $500,000.
San Diego Sheriff’s Department Lt. Jason Vickery told ABC News the drugs were found in Loaiza’s garage hidden in duffel bags and were packaged in a way that they appeared to have been transported from Mexico to the U.S. for distribution throughout the country.
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