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Former Pirates pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested with 44 pounds of cocaine, heroin

| Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, 10:45 a.m.
Former Pirates pitcher Esteban Loaiza was arrested in San Diego County on Friday for transporting about 44 pounds of heroin and cocaine.
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Former Pirates pitcher Esteban Loaiza was arrested in San Diego County on Friday for transporting about 44 pounds of heroin and cocaine.
Esteban Loaiza, seen here with the Washington Nationals, was arrested in San Diego County on Friday for transporting about 44 pounds of heroin and cocaine.
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Esteban Loaiza, seen here with the Washington Nationals, was arrested in San Diego County on Friday for transporting about 44 pounds of heroin and cocaine.

Former Pirates pitcher Esteban Loaiza was arrested in San Diego County on Friday for transporting about 44 pounds of heroin and cocaine.

Sports Illustrated and several other outlets are reporting the pitcher faces several felony drug charges, according to the San Diego Sheriff's Department.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports tweeted an arrest report:

Loaiza, 46, made his major-league debut on April 29, 1995 with the Pirates, playing with the team from 1995-98. His record while with the team was 27-28, with a 4.63 ERA. The Pirates traded him in 1998 to the Texas Rangers.

In his 14-year career, Loaiza pitched with eight other teams, including the Yankees, Dodgers and Blue Jays. He last pitched in 2008 with the Chicago White Sox.

Loaiza, a two-time All Star and runner-up in the Cy Young voting in 2003, was born in Tijuana, Mexico, was briefly married to the late singer Jenni Rivera, who died in a plane crash in 2012.

His bail has been set at $200,000, with a court appearance scheduled for Wednesday.

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