Former MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested with over 44 pounds of cocaine

PHOTO: Esteban Loaiza of the Chicago White Sox on the mound during the game against the Kansas City Royals on April 13, 2004, in Chicago.PlayMLB Photos via Getty Images FILE
WATCH Former MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested with over 44 pounds of cocaine

Two-time MLB All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza was arrested last week after San Diego County sheriffs allegedly caught him with half a million dollars in cocaine.

Loaiza, who pitched in the majors for 14 years, most prominently with the Chicago White Sox, was pulled over for a minor traffic violation while under surveillance for an ongoing narcotics investigation on Feb. 9, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

A search of Loaiza's vehicle revealed "a sophisticated aftermarket compartment used to conceal contraband," the sheriff's department said. No drugs were actually found in the car, but the search led detectives to to investigate his home near San Diego.

PHOTO: Esteban Loaiza of the Chicago White Sox pitches during a game against the Minnesota Twins in Chicago on June 8, 2008. Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images FILE
Esteban Loaiza of the Chicago White Sox pitches during a game against the Minnesota Twins in Chicago on June 8, 2008.

A search warrant was issued for Loaiza's home in Imperial Beach, California, where investigators found over 44 pounds of cocaine. Authorities estimated the drugs had a street value of about $500,000.

San Diego Sheriff's Department Lt. Jason Vickery told ABC News the drugs were found in Loaiza's garage hidden in duffel bags and were packaged in a way that they appeared to have been transported from Mexico to the U.S. for distribution throughout the country.

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2004, file photo, New York Yankees pitcher Esteban Loaiza talks to reporters during a news conference at Yankee Stadium in New York. Former Major League Baseball pitcher Esteban Loaiza has been arrested in California on suspiciThe Associated Press
FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2004, file photo, New York Yankees pitcher Esteban Loaiza talks to reporters during a news conference at Yankee Stadium in New York. Former Major League Baseball pitcher Esteban Loaiza has been arrested in California on suspici

He has been booked on possession of over 20 kilograms of cocaine, possession of cocaine for sale and transportation of cocaine. Bail was set at $200,000.

Loaiza, 47, pitched for eight teams in his lengthy MLB career and finished with a record of 126-114. He went to the All-Star Game in 2003 and 2004 with the White Sox and finished second in Cy Young Award voting in 2003.

The pitcher made over $43 million in his career, according to Baseball Reference.

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