The Former Texas Rangers pitcher earned over $43 million during his tenor in the MLB, but that wasn’t enough to deter him from transporting over 44 pounds of suspected cocaine.
It all started with a traffic stop when the San Diego County Sheriff’s Officer found a “sophisticated compartment” used to conceal contraband in his vehicle. Soon after a warrant was obtained for the home he was renting in Imperial Beach, where officials say packages were found containing a white powder believed to be cocaine.
On Wednesday, The 46 year-old denied allegations that he is a cocaine dealer and could face up to 20 years if convicted.
Loaiza’s only previous run-in with the law occurred during a 2006 arrest for driving under the influence.
Agent John Boggs who represented Loaiza throughout his career in the MLB was quoted saying “I love Esteban, He’s a great guy with a big heart — again, I don’t know what or why he’d be involved in this. I have no idea. He’s a friend, and I’m sorry as heck to see what’s going on”
Loaiza’s bail was raised to $250,000 after prosecutors suggested the Mexican pitcher poses a flight risk. Defense attorney Janice Deaton complied with the terms, though it remains unclear if the ex-major leaguer would post bail.