esteban+loaizaEsteban Loaiza has denied that he is a cocaine dealer and pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors charged him with possession and transportation for sale of more than 22 pounds of cocaine, a cocaine base or heroin, and using a false compartment to smuggle drugs.

The specification of more than 10 kilograms could draw a stiffer penalty as could the allegation that the drugs were being stored at a townhome he leased that was within a 1,000 feet from an elementary school.

Esteban would face up to 20 years and eight months in prison if convicted.

The judge raised his bail to $250,000 after prosecutors argued the Mexican pitcher poses a flight risk.

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