The journeyman had his best year with the White Sox in 2003, when he went 21-9 with a 2.90 ERA and was the American League's starting pitcher in that year's All-Star game held at his home park, U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.
He was detained at South Bay Detention Facility in Chula Vista on $200,000 bail.
Police arrested former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza after allegedly finding an estimated $500,000 worth of suspected cocaine at a home he was leasing in Southern California.
When police searched the vehicle, they found a "sophisticated compartment used to hide contraband", which led them to obtain a search warrant for Loiaza's rental home where they found the packages of drugs. In addition to the possession charge, Loaiza was also charged with two counts of transporting and possessing narcotics to sell.
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The packages contained a white powder and are still being tested, but are believed to be cocaine said San Diego Sheriff's Lt. Jason Vickery.
Agent, John Boggs, who represented Loaiza during his Major League Baseball career, said he had not seen him in more than a year but that he had heard he was involved in a business selling Mexican-made hats.
This is a new one: Esteban Loaiza, drug kingpin.
Loaiza allegedly became a drug kingpin despite making nearly $44 million over a 14-year Major League Baseball career that ended in 2008. Loaiza played for a series of teams including the Pirates, Rangers, Blue Jays, White Sox, Yankees, Nationals, Oakland As, and Dodgers. Rivera, Loaiza's former wife, was a Long Beach native who died in a plane crash in 2012 in Mexico.
According to Baseball Reference, Loaiza earned almost $44 million during his baseball career.