UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Former Major League Baseball pitcher Esteban Loaiza was arrested on suspicion of trafficking drugs.
On Feb. 9, the 46-year-old was taken into custody after police discovered packages containing white powder at his Southern California rental home.
According to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Loaiza faces multiple felony drug charges for the possession and transportation of 20 kilograms of suspected cocaine and heroin.
Local authorities had stopped Loaiza for a traffic violation and during a vehicle search, they discovered a compartment to hide contraband.
After discovering the compartment, authorities got a search warrant for Loaiza’s home where the drugs were found.
Currently, Loaiza is being held on $200,000 bail pending a court appearance on Wednesday.
During his MLB career, Loaiza played for eight different teams and started the 2003 All-Star Game as a member of the Chicago White Sox.