Former Pirates pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested with 44 pounds of cocaine, heroin
Former Pirates pitcher Esteban Loaiza was arrested in San Diego County on Friday for transporting about 44 pounds of heroin and cocaine.
Sports Illustrated and several other outlets are reporting the pitcher faces several felony drug charges, according to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.
Loaiza made his major-league debut with the Pirates, playing with the team from 1995-98. His record while with the team was 27-28, with a 4.63 ERA. In his 14-year career, Loaiza pitched with eight other teams, including the Yankees, Dodgers and Blue Jays. He last pitched in 2008 with the Chicago White Sox.
He was a two-time All Star and finished second in the Cy Young voting in 2003.
His bail has been set at $200,000, with a court appearance scheduled for Wednesday.