Former Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza was sentenced Friday to three years in federal prison for possessing 44 pounds of cocaine he intended to sell, which authorities found inside a minivan parked at an Imperial Beach townhouse.
The former All-Star pitcher pleaded guilty last August in federal court in San Diego to possessing 44 pounds of cocaine with intent to distribute. He was initially charged by San Diego County prosecutors, but was transferred to federal custody about a month after his February 2018 arrest.
“I would like to apologize to my family and my fans, both in the United States and Mexico,” Loiaza said just before being sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Janis Sammartino. “I swear I’m not going to do this kind of thing again. I’m not this type of person.”
Loaiza will likely be deported to Mexico following his release. The former pitcher, whose career spanned parts of 13 seasons, was ordered to surrender to authorities on April 19.