Former MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza pleads guilty to cocaine trafficking and could spend his life behind bars

Esteban Loaiza, 46, was arrested in San Diego in February when authorities found 44 pounds of cocaine in a van parked in the garage of a rented house. He is currently free after posting bail in May

Esteban Loaiza, 46, was arrested in San Diego in February when authorities found 44 pounds of cocaine in a van parked in the garage of a rented house. He is currently free after posting bail in May

Esteban Loaiza, 46, was arrested in San Diego in February when authorities found 44 pounds of cocaine in a van parked in the garage of a rented house. He is currently free after posting bail in May

Former Chicago White Sox pitcher and New York Yankees pitcher Esteban Loaiza pleaded guilty to cocaine trafficking charges on Friday, reversing an earlier statement of innocence.

Loaiza faces a mandatory sentence of 10 years if she is convicted and could serve a life sentence. The Mexican-born pitcher could also face deportation as long as he is released from prison.

The 46-year-old man was arrested in San Diego in February when authorities found 44 pounds of cocaine in a van parked in the garage of a house they rented in his name. The stash has a street value of around $ 500,000, according to the police.

Federal investigators believe that the ex-All Star born in Mexico used the rented house to store cocaine for distribution. Previously, he had crossed the US-Mexico border on February 9 before being stopped for a traffic violation later that day.

The police allegedly found a compartment in their Mercedes-Benz, which could be used to hide the contraband.

Authorities soon obtained a search warrant for his rented house in Imperial Beach, where he kept the cocaine. The house is located less than 1,000 feet from an elementary school.

He is currently free after paying bail in May.

An incredible 44 pounds of cocaine were allegedly found in a house rented by Loaiza

An incredible 44 pounds of cocaine were allegedly found in a house rented by Loaiza

An incredible 44 pounds of cocaine were allegedly found in a house rented by Loaiza

Loaiza also played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Washington Nationals, Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Dodgers before returning to Chicago, where he finished his career in 2008.

Loaiza also played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Washington Nationals, Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Dodgers before returning to Chicago, where he finished his career in 2008.

Loaiza was named an All-Star as a member of the Chicago White Sox in 2003, when he led the American League in strikeouts and finished second in the Cy Young vote.

Loaiza was named an All-Star as a member of the Chicago White Sox in 2003, when he led the American League in strikeouts and finished second in the Cy Young vote.

Loaiza was named an All-Star as a member of the Chicago White Sox in 2003, when he led the American League in strikeouts and finished second in the Cy Young vote. Loaiza also played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Washington Nationals, Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Dodgers before returning to Chicago, where he finished his career in 2008.

The arrest was part of an ongoing drug investigation by San Diego County police.

"During the surveillance related to that investigation, Loaiza was seen driving a vehicle believed to be involved in the illicit trafficking of narcotics," the press release said. Loaiza was contacted during a traffic stop for a minor traffic infraction after leaving a house in the city of Imperial Beach. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a sophisticated after-sales compartment used to hide contraband.

Loaiza has been free after posting bail in May, but in the end she was able to serve life sentences behind bars

Loaiza has been free after posting bail in May, but in the end she was able to serve life sentences behind bars

Loaiza has been free after posting bail in May, but in the end she was able to serve life sentences behind bars

A native of Tijuana, Mexico, Loaiza had a major league career back and forth.

He was named an All-Star as a member of the Chicago White Sox in 2003, when he led the American League in strikeouts and finished second in the Cy Young vote.

Loaiza also played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Washington Nationals, Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Dodgers before returning to Chicago, where he finished his career in 2008.

He finished his 14-year career with a record of 126-114 with an average of 4.65 earned runs. Loaiza has more victories in the Major Leagues than any other pitcher born in Mexico besides Fernando Valenzuela.

Loaiza earned around $ 43 million in specializations between the ages of 23 and 36.

In 2010 he married the singer Jenni Rivera. The couple would divorce two years later, shortly before Rivera died in a plane crash on December 9, 2012.

He was previously arrested in 2006 for speeding.

Esteban Loaiza was reprimanded for possession of more than 20 kilograms of cocaine

Esteban Loaiza was reprimanded for possession of more than 20 kilograms of cocaine

Esteban Loaiza was reprimanded for possession of more than 20 kilograms of cocaine

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