Feb 12, 2018, 8:50 PM ET

Former MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested with over 44 pounds of cocaine

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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.

PHOTO: Esteban Loaiza of the Chicago White Sox pitches during a game against the Minnesota Twins in Chicago on June 8, 2008. Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images FILE
Esteban Loaiza of the Chicago White Sox pitches during a game against the Minnesota Twins in Chicago on June 8, 2008.

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.

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2004, file photo, New York Yankees pitcher Esteban Loaiza talks to reporters during a news conference at Yankee Stadium in New York. Former Major League Baseball pitcher Esteban Loaiza has been arrested in California on suspiciThe Associated Press
FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2004, file photo, New York Yankees pitcher Esteban Loaiza talks to reporters during a news conference at Yankee Stadium in New York. Former Major League Baseball pitcher Esteban Loaiza has been arrested in California on suspici

He has been booked on possession of over 20 kilograms of cocaine, possession of cocaine for sale and transportation of cocaine. Bail was set at $200,000.

Loaiza, 47, pitched for eight teams in his lengthy MLB career and finished with a record of 126-114. He went to the All-Star Game in 2003 and 2004 with the White Sox and finished second in Cy Young Award voting in 2003.

The pitcher made over $43 million in his career, according to Baseball Reference.

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  • weallhaveone

    Post bail, disappear.

  • David

    Someone didn't get their money.

  • babyjesus

    So the cops had this guy under surveillance...Most likely someone who had dealings with him got busted and they ratted him out...Unable to get a search warrant because they did not know the exact location of the drugs, they pulled him over on a hunch by using the infraction card. You follow someone long enough and they will run a stop sign or not use the blinker, as we are only human...Since there was no drugs in the car, they used a secret compartment is an avenue to get a search warrant for drugs???Really? People with $ tend to have these things called safes for legal things too but not this day...Anywho, it just seems like there is more to the story because a good layer should get this guy exonerated...And he does not have to be OJ good, just good.

  • Lance

    Personal use?

  • Bobby Hammons

    Get a rope!

  • NoMasters

    Was he forcing anyone to buy it? No? Then leave him alone.