Ex-MLB Star Esteban Loaiza
Pleads Guilty to Coke Charge
… Faces Life In Prison
8/10/2018 12:18 PM PDT
Ex-MLB All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza has formally pled guilty to felony cocaine possession with intent to distribute and now faces up to life in prison.
As we previously reported, the 46-year-old was arrested in San Diego back in February after officials said he was trying to move more than $500,000 in cocaine from a house located near a school.
Officials say Loaiza was using “sophisticated” smuggling devices to hide the 22 kilos of coke.
He initially pled not guilty — but changed his plea. On Friday, he appeared in a San Diego federal courtroom to plead guilty to the charge.
Sentencing is scheduled for November 2 — and he could face up to life in prison with a minimum of 10 years. He could also be deported to Mexico.
Loaiza made more than $40 MILLION during his 14-year MLB career.