Esteban Loaiza appeared in front of a judge this Wednsesday, as he declared himself not guilty for the charges of possesion and transportation of drugs for sale. According to Carlos Nava of ESPN, the court increased Loaiza's bail to $250 K, as the Mexican accepted to pay it. Also, he can't leave the county of San Diego without the court's permission until his legal situation is settled.
Loaiza's trial begins on March 14th, with the preliminary hearing scheduled on April 24th.
Esteban Loaiza se declaró inocente a los cargos por posesión y transportación con el propósito de vender drogas.— Carlos Nava ESPN (@TapaNava) 14 de febrero de 2018
Loaiza aceptó pagar una fianza de 250 mil dólares para salir libre pero no puede dejar el condado de San Diego.... https://t.co/sUYwDhBCBT pic.twitter.com/cae4ZSwEXQ
The ex-MLB player was arrested on Friday by the Border Crimes Suppression Team, when during a surveillance investigation, he was stopped for a minor traffic violation. Loaiza was driving a vehicle "believed to be involved in the smuggling of narcotics", according to the police report.
While the officers were searching inside the vehicle, they discovered a "sophisticated aftermarket compartment used to conceal contraband" in the car. The police, then obtained a warrant to search a house that Loaiza was renting at Imperial Beach, California since early February.
The search led to the discovery of 44 lbs of "suspected cocaine" inside Loaiza's house, which according to the police report, has an estimated value of $500 K.