Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Esteban Antonio Loaiza faces drug possession following a San Diego County arrest. Loaiza pleaded not guilty to charges that he transported 20 kg of cocaine across the border from Mexico on the day of his arrest.
Authorities say that a San Diego County Sheriff’s deputy pulled over Loaiza for a traffic violation. During the stop, deputies located a “sophisticated” hidden compartment in the car. They sought and received a search warrant for Loaiza’s home. Upon searching the residence, deputies discovered 20 kg of suspected cocaine.
Loaiza was born in Tijuana, and played professional baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox. He appeared in the 2008 MLB All-Star game. In 2010, Loaiza married Jenni Rivera, a Mexican-American singer. She died in 2012 in a plane crash, shortly after she filed for divorce from Loaiza.
San Diego authorities said they stopped Loaiza, acting on information that the former pitcher was connected to a drug trafficking operation. Loaiza was one of Mexico’s most successful professional baseball players. The seized cocaine has an estimated street value of more than $500,000. Authorities held Loaiza initially on a $200,000 bond, but prosecutors successfully argued that his bail should be higher. They cited his access to large amounts of cash, and his ability to cross the border into Mexico.
Los Angeles Drug Possession Lawyer
When you face possession charges of any kind, your first move should be to hire an experienced drug possession lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in courtroom criminal defense. He takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.
While California has recently relaxed some drug crimes, possession of large amounts of narcotics is still a felony. Amassing a history of felony convictions in California can lead to extended sentencing, or in some cases, lifetime incarceration.
Do not rely on an inexperienced attorney to defend you. Instead, contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County drug possession case.
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