Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza, who earned more than $43 million over 14 seasons, is accused of drug dealing involving 44 pounds (20 kilograms) of suspected cocaine.
The 46-year-old former Major League Baseball player is scheduled to be arraigned in court in Chula Vista, California, on Wednesday.
Loaiza was arrested Friday on suspicion of drug smuggling after San Diego County sheriff’s officers who pulled him over for a traffic violation found a “sophisticated” compartment used to hide contraband in his vehicle. Later they obtained a search warrant for the home he rented in the beach community of Imperial Beach, where officials say packages were found containing a white powder believed to be cocaine.
Loaiza played for numerous teams between 1995 and 2008, included stints with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox. He had a 21-9 record with the Chicago White Sox in 2003 and started in the All-Star Game that year.
Investigators have said the arrest was part of an on-going narcotics probe but have given few other details about how a successful baseball star became linked to a case involving the transport and sale of drugs with an estimated value of $500,000, according to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.
It was not immediately known if Loaiza had hired a lawyer and he could not be reached to comment. He was being held for lack of $200,000 bail pending Wednesday’s court appearance.
Born in Tijuana, Loaiza became a celebrity in his native country after marrying the late Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera. The “Diva de la Banda” was considered to be the most successful female singer in grupero, a male-dominated Mexico regional style, selling more than 15 million records, and acting in reality television before she was killed in a plane crash in 2012.
She filed for divorce shortly before her death, ending their two-year marriage.
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.
“I love Esteban,” Boggs told the San Diego Union Tribune. “He’s a great guy with a big heart — again, I don’t know what or why he’d be involved in this. I have no idea. He’s a friend, and I’m sorry as heck to see what’s going on.”
Manchester City Vs Arsenal: Raheem Sterling Is Major Injury Doubt For Carabao Cup Final Against Gunners, Reveals Pep Guardiola
RAHEEM STERLING is an injury doubt for the Carabao Cup final Arsenal against Arsenal on Sunday.
The England winger missed the FA Cup defeat at Wigan on Monday night after reporting a tight hamstring in training.
Reuters Pep Guardiola has revealed Raheem Sterling is a doubt for the Carabao Cup final
Reuters The Manchester City winger is currently battling a minor hamstring problem
And Pep Guardiola revealed on Friday he is unsure whether he will be ready to face the Gunners.
That would be a blow for the 23-year-old – who was brought up in North London and loves playing at Wembley.
Guardiola said: “He had a problem with muscle, he had a problem against Basel.
“I don’t know if he’s ready for Sunday.”
EPA The 23-year-old failed to feature in the FA Cup defeat against Wigan last Monday
Reuters Raheem Sterling has been in inspired form for the Citizens this season, banging in 20 goals in all competitions
However Gabriel Jesus is set to return to the City squad after almost two months out with a knee ligament problem.
The Brazilian has been training for the past few days and will have a fitness test before they travel to London on Saturday.
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Guardiola said: “With Gabriel we’ll see on Saturday, he made a third sessions with the team so every day he is better.
“He’s so important, when people say about four titles, you have to be everything going well, when your full-back is injured six months.
France Vs Italy Six Nations Rugby: Kick-off Time, Tv Channel, Live Stream And Team News For Guiseppe Garibaldi Trophy
FOLLOWING two narrow defeats in their opening two matches, France aim to begin a resurgence as they face bottom side Italy in the first fixture of the this week’s Six Nations.
Jacques Brunel’s team suffered a 13-15 loss to Ireland on the opening weekend, before another close encounter with Scotland in match week two – that also ended with them being beaten.
Reuters France are looking for their first win in 11 months as they face Italy
Italy have been hammered by England and Ireland in their first two matches but have turned on the attacking style, scoring five tries so far this tournament.
The Italians’ last victory in the Six Nations came in 2015, when they beat Scotland at Murrayfield 22-19.
What times does France vs Italy kick-off?
THIS match will take place on Friday, February 23 at the Stade Velodrome, Marseille.
The game will kick-off at 8:00pm.
Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola Charged By Fa For Wearing Yellow Ribbon, Breaching ‘political Message’ Rules
MANCHESTER CITY boss Pep Guardiola has been charged by the FA over a “political message” for wearing a yellow ribbon.
The Spaniard explained his reasoning for wearing the token in December, saying it was in support of imprisoned Catalan politicians.
AFP Pep Guardiola has been charged by the FA for wearing his yellow ribbon
At the time, Guardiola revealed he was happy to face a fine or suspension for the stunt – for the good cause.
The City chief claimed: “If they want to suspend me – Uefa, Premier League, Fifa. It’s OK”.
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