Former MLB star suspected of cocaine distribution faces judge

Los Angeles Dodgers' Esteban Loaiza of Mexico throws a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of a baseball game in Phoenix. Former All Star pitcher Loaiza- who earned a total of more

Loaiza, who became a celebrity in his native Mexico, made his first appearance in San Diego County Superior Court in Chula Vista, California, since his arrest last week.

Loaiza was booked Friday on charges involving the possession, transport and sale of 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of suspected cocaine.

If convicted on all counts, Loaiza faces more than 20 years in prison. "I don't know how he would get himself involved in this, so it's hard to even comment on it".

Loaiza's former agent, John Boggs, told the San Francisco Chronicle that he was unaware of the drug arrest and hadn't spoken to him recently. His arrest at that time (following a game), led to a movement across the league where teams stopped serving beer in clubhouses after the game. That was enough cause to obtain a search warrant for Loaiza's rental home.

Vickery said deputies used to test substances they believed were illicit drugs in the field but they now wait for a laboratory to test it because of concerns about handling fentanyl, a synthetic opioid so powerful that even a tiny amount can be fatal.

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While searching the vehicle, authorities allegedly found a sophisticated compartment used to hide contraband.

Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia won his salary arbitration case against the team and will get a raise to $6.7 million instead of the club's $5.85 million offer.

According to Baseball Reference, Loaiza made more than $43 million over a career that spanned parts of 13 seasons, and he was a two-time All Star. She had filed for divorce shortly before her death.

Loaiza was born in Tijuana and he attended Mar Vista High School in Imperial Beach.

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