Ex-MLB pitcher Loaiza arrested with over 44 pounds of drugs


Former major league pitcher Esteban Loaiza was arrested in San Diego on three felony charges, including possession of more than 44 pounds of drugs.

Loaiza, 46, is being held on $200,000 bail by the San Diego Sheriff's office after Friday's arrest for possession of heroin and cocaine over 20 kilograms, and the possession and transportation of narcotics with the intent to sell.

Loaiza, a native of Tijuana, Mexico, is due to appear in court Wednesday, according to records obtained by USA Today on Monday.

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He spent parts of 14 seasons in the major leagues from 1995 to 2008 with eight teams, including back-to-back All-Star appearances with the Chicago White Sox in 2003 and 2004.

Loaiza recently made an appearance at the White Sox's annual SoxFest in Chicago.

The right-handed starter last pitched in the major leagues in 2008. In his career, Loaiza had a 126-114 career record with a 4.65 ERA in 2,099 innings pitched with the Pirates, Rangers, Blue Jays, White Sox, Yankees, Nationals, Athletics and Dodgers.

Loaiza finished second in American League Cy Young voting in 2003 when he went 21-9 with a 2.90 ERA with the White Sox. He made around $43.7 million in his major league career.

--Field Level Media

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