Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza was sentenced to 3 years in jail for cocaine possession Friday.
Loaiza pleaded responsible in August to possessing about 20 kilograms, or 44 kilos, of cocaine with intent to distribute. He was arrested in February 2018.
Prosecutors had sought a sentence of practically 5 years, whereas Loaiza’s legal professional had pushed for 18 to 24 months earlier than U.S. District Choose Janis Sammartino issued her sentence in San Diego federal court docket.
Loaiza might be deported after serving his sentence, his lawyer mentioned.
Talking in court docket, Loaiza apologized “to my household, pals, my followers” and the game of baseball. Sammartino mentioned Loaiza had “accepted accountability, which is the proper factor to do.”
Loaiza, 47, was beneath surveillance when he was arrested over a yr in the past close to a home in Imperial Seashore, which borders Tijuana, Mexico. His SUV had simply left the storage when authorities confronted him.
After a canine sniffed medication within the SUV, authorities obtained a search warrant for the home and located the cocaine in 20 packages within the compartment of one other automobile parked within the storage. Loaiza admitted in a plea settlement that he transferred the medication from one automobile to the opposite.
Loaiza was born in Mexico however attended highschool in Imperial Seashore. He performed for a number of main league groups between 1995 and 2008, together with the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox.
He had a 21-9 document with the White Sox in 2003, ending second in Cy Younger voting and beginning within the All-Star Recreation that yr.
The Related Press contributed to this report.