Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza has been arrested in California on suspicion of trafficking drugs.
Loaiza was booked Friday on charges involving the possession, transport and sale of 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of suspected cocaine. He is being held in lieu of $200,000 bail.
According to various reports, Loaiza was pulled over by police for a minor traffic infraction on Friday. Authorities had been watching the vehicle with suspicion that it was used for smuggling drugs.
When officers searched the vehicle, they found an elaborate compartment commonly used to conceal contraband. According to investigators, a search of Loaiza’s home, led to the discovery of the suspected drugs. San Diego Sheriff’s Lt. Jason Vickery says the packages are still being tested.
The 46-year-old played for several teams over a thirteen year Major League pitching career from 1995-2008, including parts of 3 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays.