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Former Oakland A's Pitcher Arrested With 44 Pounds Of Illegal Drugs

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Marlene Weaver | 15 February, 2018, 14:42

The packages still are being tested, but they are thought to be cocaine, the police report said.

Loaiza was being held Monday for lack of $200,000 bail pending a court appearance in San Diego on Wednesday.

Former MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza was arrested Friday in San Diego after being found in possession of 20 kilograms of heroin or cocaine.

Loaiza, 46, is being charged with 3 felonies ...

Boggs added in a text to the newspaper, "I don't know how he would get himself involved in this, so it's hard to even comment on it". After searching the vehicle, deputies found a sophisticated aftermarket compartment which is used to seal contraband.

Loaiza's arrest in 2006 prompted the A's to no longer stock alcohol in either the home or visiting clubhouses.

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Loaiza, a right-hander, played 14 seasons in the MLB, where he made more than $40 million, according to Baseball Reference.

Loaiza played for numerous teams between 1995 and 2008, included stints with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox.

The drugs have an estimated street value of $500,000.

He was booked on suspicion of possessing more than 20 kilograms of cocaine, possessing cocaine for sale and transporting cocaine.

Starting pitcher Esteban Loaiza #21 of the Chicago White Sox throws a pitch to a Minnesota Twins batter in the sixth inning during a game at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago on April 27, 2003. He reportedly made nearly $44 million in his professional ball career. Loaiza was the runner-up to Toronto's Roy Halladay in the 2003 American League Cy Young Award race after going 21-9 with a 2.90 ERA.

Loaiza was married to singer Jenni Rivera in 2010 and appeared in her reality show, "I Love Jenni".

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