Loaiza arrested on drug charges

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He briefly played with the Yankees in 2004 after he was traded from the White Sox to NY in exchange for pitcher Jose Contreras, appearing in just 10 games.

Investigators working with a San Diego County Sheriff's Department drug unit stopped Loiaza after they spotted him in a Mercedes SUV that investigators had linked to drug trafficking. "I don't know how he would get himself involved in this, so it's hard to even comment on it". He's going to court Wednesday and is looking at a long stint in prison.

He was arrested in 2006, while playing for the Oakland Athletics, after he was caught driving 120 miles per hour on the freeway in his Ferrari and failed a sobriety test.

This isn't the first time Loaiza ran into trouble with the law.

John Boggs, Loaiza's agent, tells the San Francisco Chronicle, "I am shocked and saddened by the news 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". That led to a warrant to search Loaiza's home.

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.

During a search of the vehicle, police found a "sophisticated aftermarket compartment used to hide contraband". Turns out Loaiza became something of a drug kingpin after his playing career ended. Huh. The legendary Fernando Valenzuela is the only Mexican-born pitcher to win more games than Loaiza. She filed for divorce shortly before she died in a plane crash in 2012.

The 46-year-old was booked on Friday. He denied the accusations and later retracted his lawsuit.

According to baseball-reference.com, Loiaza made more than $40 million in his career.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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