Offbeat Former MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza pleads guilty to drug trafficking

06:50  11 august  2018
06:50  11 august  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

Former All-Star pitcher Loaiza pleads guilty to drug charges

  Former All-Star pitcher Loaiza pleads guilty to drug charges Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza has pleaded guilty to possession of about 20 kilograms of cocaine with intent to distribute. The 46-year-old acknowledged in a San Diego courtroom Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, that he possessed about 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of coca He faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 2. Loaiza had been under surveillance when he was arrested in February near a house in Imperial Beach, which borders Tijuana, Mexico. His sliver Mercedes SUV had just left the garage when authorities stopped him.

Former major league pitcher Esteban Loaiza is facing felony drug charges after being arrested with over 20 kilograms of what is suspected to be heroin or cocaine. Ex- MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested after 20 kilograms of powder found at rental home.

Esteban Loaiza pleaded not guilty to a felony drug charge after police found 44 pounds of a substance believed to be cocaine in a home he rented. CHULA VISTA, California (AP) — Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza , who earned more than million over 14 seasons, denied allegations

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Former MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza pleaded guilty to drug trafficking Friday in federal court in San Diego, and faces life in prison, according to ESPN.

However, according to ESPN, by pleading guilty Loaiza expects a lesser sentence. The minimum sentence for the charge is 10 years. He also faces deportation to his native Mexico after completion of his sentence.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 2.

Police arrested Loaiza in February and charged him with possessing more than 20 kilos of heroin and/or cocaine for purchase/sale and for transporting for sale narcotics and/or a controlled substance. Police alleged he was using "sophisticated" smuggling devices to smuggle 22 kilograms of cocaine from a house located near a school.

Report: Loaiza expected to plead guilty in cocaine distribution case

  Report: Loaiza expected to plead guilty in cocaine distribution case Former major-league pitcher Esteban Loaiza is expected to plead guilty in a United States federal cocaine distribution case.Loaiza has a "Change of Plea" hearing scheduled for Friday after initially pleading not guilty to a charge of possession with intent to distribute 44 pounds (20 kilograms) of cocaine. This type of hearing results in a guilty plea in "99 percent of cases," according to former federal prosecutor Gil Soffer.

Loaiza faces 10 years to life after pleading guilty . Former major league pitcher Esteban Loaiza is facing felony drug charges after being arrested with over 20 kilograms of what is suspected to be heroin or cocaine.

Esteban Loaiza , who was arrested Friday on suspicion of drug smuggling, denied all allegations during an appearance Wednesday in San Diego County Superior Court. Former MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza denies smuggling, dealing cocaine.

The 46-year-old Loaiza pitched for eight teams in a 14-year MLB career, posting a 126-114 mark and 4.65 ERA. A two-time All-Star, his best season came in 2003 with the White Sox when he posted a 21-9 mark with a 2.90 ERA. He finished second in the AL Cy Young voting that year.

The right hander also pitched for the Pirates, Rangers, Blue Jays, A's, Dodgers, Nationals and Yankees.

Loaiza's 126 MLB victories are second to only Fernando Valenzuela's 173 among natives of Mexico.

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