Pleads Not Guilty
In Cocaine Smuggling Case
2/14/2018 3:25 PM PST
Ex-MLB star Esteban Loaiza is fighting the charges in his cocaine smuggling case — pleading not guilty to possessing more than 40 POUNDS of blow.
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.
As we previously reported, cops say Loaiza had a “sophisticated” drug smuggling compartment in his vehicle — and when they searched his home, they found the motherload. Officials say Loaiza kept the drugs in a home just steps away from a preschool.
Prosecutors say Loaiza had come back from a trip to Mexico on the same day he was arrested.
He’s facing multiple felony criminal charges including possession of cocaine for sale.
The judge set Loaiza’s bail at $250,000 after prosecutors argued that he’s a flight risk. The judge ordered him not to leave San Diego without permission from the court.
If convicted on all counts, Loaiza faces more than 20 years in prison.
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