According to court records, a former MLB All-Star pitcher has been arrested on suspicion of possessing more than 44 pounds of heroin or cocaine. Esteban Loaiza, who once pitched for the White Sox and Dodgers, was arrested in San Diego on Friday.
According to Fox5 San Diego News, Loaiza, 46, was being held on Monday on charges of felony possession of more than 44 pounds of drugs and two felony counts of transporting and possessing narcotics with intent to sell. According to reports, the estimated street value of the discovered drugs is about $500,000.
Loaiza is 46 years old and was born in Mexico. Throughout his baseball career, he won 126 games during his 13 seasons.
He played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Washington Nationals, Oakland A’s, Chicago White Sox, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. His best season was back in 2003 when he helped his team, the White Sox, win 21 games.
His arrest comes after Loaiza's wife Jenni Rivera died in 2012 in a plane crash in Mexico. Rivera was an American singer-songwriter who made a name for herself in the Mexican music genre.
Loaiza, a two-time All-Star, is being held on a $200,000 bail after being booked in the South Bay Detention Center on Friday. While it is reported that he has made more than $43 million throughout his career, he is still in jail as of Monday. He is due to be arranged in court on Wednesday.
News of this incident comes after an NFL linebacker has just been arrested on domestic assault and gun charges.