Former MLB pitcher and two-time All-Star Esteban Loaiza was arrested by authorities in San Diego on Friday for possessing large amounts of heroin or cocaine. He is set to appear in court for possessing over 20 kilos of the substances.
The news was first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports:
This is a new one: Esteban Loaiza, drug kingpin.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 12, 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
This isn't the first time Loaiza ran into trouble with the law. In 2006, he was arrested on a California highway after police caught him driving his Ferrari at over 120 MPH. Loaiza also failed to pass a sobriety test. The incident prompted Oakland Athletics GM Billy Beane to ban alcohol from the organization's clubhouse.
Loaiza pitched for eight teams throughout his MLB career, posting a 126-114 record with 1,382 strikeouts. He played for Mexico at the 2006 World Baseball Classic, and finished second in American League Cy Young voting in 2003 - losing to the late Roy Halladay of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Loaiza was married to singer Jenni Rivera from 2010 to 2012, before she died in a plane crash in Mexico. The couple were in the midst of divorcing before her tragic and untimely passing.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department reported that authorities had been closely watching Loazia prior to his arrest. When detained by police on Friday, the drugs were found in his vehicle. It was initially estimated that the 20 kilograms of substances carried a $500,000 street value.
Unfortunately, Loazia is one of the many former MLB stars to run into legal troubles off the field. Lenny Dykstra became bankrupt and faced multiple accusations and charges of sexual assault, harassment, indecent exposure, identity theft, fraud indictment and others.
Darryl Strawberry also faced multiple legal troubles during and after his baseball career. This included failure to make child support payments, failing to pay up his attorney, carrying cocaine and violating probation.
We'll be sure to provide you with more information on the Loazia story as it becomes available.