Things just got worse for Esteban Loaiza. According to a San Diego County Sheriff’s Department press release, 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 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 house is ubicated "just steps away from an area preschool".
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. Loaiza is being held in South Bay Detention Facility in San Diego on $200,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court this Wednesday facing the charges of possession of cocaine over 20 kilograms, possession of cocaine for Sale, and transportation of narcotics.
This is a new one: Esteban Loaiza, drug kingpin.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) 12 de febrero de 2018
The second-winningest pitcher from Mexico in MLB history was arrested Friday with 20 kilos of heroin or cocaine, according to San Diego police records. He'll be in court Wednesday to face felony drug charges. Details are in pics. pic.twitter.com/312pf21Q4F
Loaiza, the second-winningest pitcher from Mexico in MLB history -- earning over $43 million. The Mexican finished second in the AL Cy Young award voting in 2003 and was an All-Star that same year.
He played 14 seasons for nine different teams, with the 2008 season being his last in the MLB, when he pitched for the White Sox and the Dodgers.He finished his career with a 126-114 record, with 1,328 K's and a 4.65 ERA.