Esteban Loaiza Pleads Not Guilty In Cocaine Smuggling Case

Former MLB All-Star Esteban Loaiza to be in court Wednesday

Former MLB All-Star Esteban Loaiza to be in court Wednesday

After he was arrested Friday, Esteban Loaiza has pleaded not guilty to three felony drug charges, according to NBC San Diego.

With AP Photos.Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza is heading to court accused of drug dealing involving 44 pounds of suspected cocaine.

The judge set Loaiza's bail at $250,000 after prosecutors argued that he's a flight risk. He played for eight teams, with his best season coming in 2003 as a member of the Chicago White Sox. Deaton as well as Loaiza's relatives left the courtroom without speaking to reporters, and the attorney did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment. Later they obtained a search warrant for the home he rented in imperial beach, where officials say packages were found containing a white powder believed to be cocaine with an estimated worth of a half a million dollars.

Vickery said deputies used to test substances they believed were illicit drugs in the field but they now wait for a laboratory to test it because of concerns about handling fentanyl, a synthetic opioid so powerful that even a tiny amount can be fatal. He was the American League's starting pitcher in the All-Star Game that year.

A search of Loaiza's vehicle revealed "a sophisticated aftermarket compartment used to hide contraband", the sheriff's department said.

Aside from his baseball career, Loaiza is also well-known as the husband of singer Jenni Rivera, a Long Beach-native who died in a plane crash in 2012 in Mexico.

She filed for divorce shortly before her death, ending their two-year marriage.

He is the second-winningest MLB pitcher from Mexico after Fernando Valenzuela, who won 173 games in the Major Leagues.

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

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