Former MLB and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Esteban Loaiza was arrested on Friday in San Diego.
According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Loaiza was found with 20 kilograms of drugs:
This is a new one: Esteban Loaiza, drug kingpin.
The second-winningest pitcher from Mexico in MLB history was arrested Friday with 20 kilos of heroin or cocaine, according to San Diego police records. He'll be in court Wednesday to face felony drug charges. Details are in pics. pic.twitter.com/312pf21Q4F
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 12, 2018
TMZ Sports reported more details of the arrest, which was part of a drug-smuggling sting:
Loaiza was initially stopped by police during a traffic stop for a minor traffic violation — but a search of his car led to the discovery of a “sophisticated aftermarket compartment used to conceal contraband.”
Cops then got a warrant to search a home that Loaiza had been renting since early February — located “steps away from an area preschool” — and found roughly 20 kilograms of suspected cocaine.
Estimated street value — $500,000.
The 46-year-old was charged with three crimes and had his bail set at $200,000.
Loaiza spent 14 years in the big leagues, including a stint with the Dodgers in 2007-2008.