Former MLB All-Star Esteban Loaiza arrested for drug possession
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A former Major League pitcher who attended Mar Vista High School is under arrest for drug charges.
The two-time All-Star who played for eight major league teams in 14 seasons, earning more than $40 million over his baseball career, was arrested Friday in Imperial Beach.
Investigators working with a San Diego County Sheriff’s Department drug unit stopped Loiaza after they spotted him in a Mercedes SUV that investigators had linked to drug trafficking. After searching the vehicle, deputies found a sophisticated aftermarket compartment which is used to seal contraband.
Based on that evidence, a search warrant was obtained for the home which Loiaza has been renting in Imperial Beach. Investigators say they found 44 pounds of a substance believed to be cocaine with an estimated value of $500,000.
Loiaza played baseball as a teenager at Mar Vista High. The current baseball coach, Allan Delos Reyes said he did not know Loiaza well but he recalled a visit last year by the former All-Star player.
He said the young players he coaches at Mar Vista were awestruck and wanted to know how Loiaza made it to the big leagues.
The former MLB pitcher, now 46 years old is being held on three felony counts, including possession of cocaine for sale. He’s scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.