The Latest: Ex-All Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2004, file photo, New York Yankees pitcher Esteban Loaiza talks to reporters during a news conference at Yankee Stadium in New York. Former Major League Baseball pitcher Esteban Loaiza has been arrested in California on suspicion of smuggling cocaine and heroin. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department says Loaiza was booked into jail Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, evening and held in lieu of $200,000 bail.(AP Photo/Ed Betz)

Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza has been arrested in San Diego County on suspicion of trafficking cocaine

SAN DIEGO — The Latest on the arrest of former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza in California on suspicion of drug trafficking, (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

Esteban Loaiza's agent says he was saddened by the news of the arrest of the former All-Star pitcher on suspicion of trafficking drugs after packages containing a white powder believed to be cocaine were found at a home he rented in Southern California.

John Boggs told The San Francisco Chronicle on Monday that he had no information about Friday's arrest and that he has not spoken to Loaiza recently.

He said his office received a call from Loaiza last week but Boggs was unavailable.

Boggs says he was "shocked and saddened" and "had no indication he would ever be in this type of situation."

Loaiza was being held Monday for lack of $200,000 bail pending a court appearance in San Diego on Wednesday. He could not be reached for comment.

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10:30 a.m.

Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza (loh-EYE-suh) has been arrested in California on suspicion of trafficking drugs.

Loaiza was booked Friday on charges involving the possession, transport and sale of 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of suspected cocaine. He is being held in lieu of $200,000 bail.

It was not immediately known if Loaiza has hired a lawyer. He could not be reached for comment.

San Diego Sheriff's Lt. Jason Vickery says the packages are still being tested.

The 46-year-old played for numerous teams between 1995 and 2008, starting with the Pittsburgh Pirates and concluding with his second stint with the Chicago White Sox.

Loaiza, who was born in Tijuana, Mexico, was briefly married to the late singer Jenni Rivera, who died in a plane crash in 2012.

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