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Ex-White Sox Esteban Loaiza sentenced to 3 years on drug charges

White Sox starter Esteban Loaiza pitches against the Royals on April 7, 2004, in Kansas City, Mo. Loaiza was sentenced to three years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to drug charges.
White Sox starter Esteban Loaiza pitches against the Royals on April 7, 2004, in Kansas City, Mo. Loaiza was sentenced to three years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to drug charges.

SAN DIEGO – Former White Sox pitcher Esteban Loaiza was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to federal drug charges involving 44 pounds of cocaine that he admitted he planned to distribute.

Loaiza, 46, was sentenced Friday more than a year after he was arrested near a house in Imperial Beach, a town south of San Diego that borders Tijuana, Mexico.

Authorities obtained a search warrant for the house and found the cocaine in 20 packages under baseball bags bearing the star's name inside the compartment of a Nissan minivan parked in the garage.

The Tijuana-born pitcher played for eight major league teams between 1995 and 2008, including the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Sox. He played for the Sox in 2003 and 2004 and was an All-Star both seasons. He also pitched for the Sox in 2008.

He earned more than $43 million over 14 seasons.

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