A former Major League Baseball pitcher has been arrested for committing a drug crime in California. However, Esteban Loaiza recently decided to plead not guilty to his drug charges, which involve more than 40 pounds of what was suspected to be cocaine. He is now being held on a bail amount of $250,000.
Police arrested the man for drug smuggling after they reportedly found a special compartment that he used to conceal contraband in his car. They later secured a warrant to search the 46-year-old man's rental home. There, they allegedly found packages featuring a white powder, which they believed was cocaine.
Loaiza was an All-Star pitcher before retiring from Major League Baseball. He used to pitch for several teams, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Oakland A's, the New York Yankees and the Pittsburgh Pirates. He chose not to contest bail and is not permitted to go out of the county without the permission of the court.
Facing drug charges in California can understandably be frightening, as a drug conviction can lead to hefty fines and even prison time. However, it is within the rights of anybody facing drug charges to fight these charges at trial. Prosecutors must prove every element of a charge beyond a reasonable doubt -- a feat that can be difficult to accomplish. A qualified attorney will scrutinize the prosecution's evidence in an effort to poke holes in it and weaken their case. The attorney's ultimate goal is to pursue the most personally favorable outcome for the client while also ensuring that none of his or her rights are violated during any stage of the criminal proceedings.
Source: nbclosangeles.com, "Ex-MLB Pitcher Arrested With More Than 20 Kilos of Drugs", Feb. 14, 2018