Ex-MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested with over 20 kilograms of drugs

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He played for numerous teams between 1995 and 2008, included stints with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox.

Katz ordered Loaiza to remain in San Diego County if he posts bail, which had been set at $200,000 after his arrest Friday. Deaton as well as Loaiza's relatives left the courtroom without speaking to reporters, and the attorney did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.

The 46-year-old former All-Star pitcher appeared in court in his jailhouse jumpsuit - where his lawyer told the judge he denies all of the allegations against him.

Boggs says he was "shocked and saddened" and "had no indication he would ever be in this type of situation". "He's a great guy with a big heart - again, I don't know what or why he'd be involved in this". Deputies from the Border Crimes Suppression Team stopped Loaiza for a traffic infraction, and inside the vehicle found "a sophisticated after-market compartment used to hide contraband". Authorities were surveilling the vehicle on suspicion it was being used to smuggle drugs.

Karkenny said Loaiza had crossed the U.S. -Mexico border at a port of entry earlier in the day.

Sheriff's deputies seized the cocaine Friday at an Imperial Beach home Loaiza leased.

The San Diego Sheriff's Department valued the narcotics at more than $500,000.

Loaiza married the singer Jenni Rivera in 2010. She filed for divorce shortly before she died in a plane crash in 2012.

Loaiza sued the aircraft's owners in 2014 for wrongful death but her relatives accused him of trying to profit from her death. He later retracted his lawsuit.



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