Esteban Loaiza was a long-time MLB pitcher, playing for eight different teams over 13 seasons. Now, he could face life in prison.
The former two-time All-Star was arrested in February, after reportedly being caught with over 20 kilograms of cocaine at his home. That is equivalent to 44 pounds.
Loazia originally plead not guilty. However, he has switched to a guilty plea, according to TMZ:
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.
Esteban Loaiza faces a minimum 10 years, and a maximum of life in prison, with deportation to Mexico on the table.
He is set to be sentenced on November 2 in San Diego, according to the report.
Loaiza was a pretty successful major leaguer, making over $40 million during his career. He was an All-Star for the Chicago White Sox in 2003 and 2004 and led the AL in strikeouts in 2003.
The Tijuana native began his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates and bounced around after his first three years. He also played for the Rangers, Blue Jays, Yankees, Nationals, A’s, and Dodgers.