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Esteban Loaiza Pleads Not Guilty After Being Arrested on Felony Drug Charges

Esteban Loaiza Pleads Not Guilty After Being Arrested on Felony Drug Charges

Former MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza was arrested on suspicion of trafficking drugs after authorities found packages containing a white powder - believed to be cocaine - at his rental home in Southern California.

Mark Osborne, of ABC News reports, 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 February 9, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

Loaiza faces felony charges of possession, transportation, and sale of suspected cocaine. He played for eight teams from 1995 to 2008, starting the 2003 All-Star Game while with the Chicago White Sox.

It was not immediately known if Loaiza has hired a lawyer.

Loaiza is the second-winningest pitcher from Mexico in major league history.

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Based on that stop and other evidence, deputies obtained a warrant to search the Imperial Beach home that Loaiza leased earlier this month "just steps away from an area preschool", Vickery said.

Loaiza was arrested by members of the sheriff's border crime suppression team who were conducting surveillance in Imperial Beach as part of a narcotic investigation. She filed for divorce shortly before she died in a plane crash in 2012.

Criminal defense attorney, David Shapiro, who has handled numerous drug cases in San Diego but is not representing Loaiza, said this one is unique because of his fame as one of Mexico's most successful pitchers.

Loaiza was a two-time All Star who won 126 games in his career, the second most for a Mexican-born pitcher behind Los Angeles Dodgers legend Fernando Valenzuela. "I don't know how he would get himself involved in this, so it's hard to even comment on it".

After graduating high school, Loaiza signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates as an amateur free agent.


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