Former Yankees pitcher Esteban Loaiza is expected to pleade guilty to a felony cocaine distribution case, according to WLS-TV.
Back in February, Loaiza was arrested after police found 44 pounds of cocaine in a van parked at his rented townhouse. Loaiza initially pleaded not guilty to the charge, but his "change of plea" hearing is set for this Friday.
The 46-year-old was said to be using the townhouse as a destination to store the cocaine. The Imperial Beach home was also less than 1,000 feet from an elementary school.
What sparked authorities to look into Loaiza was a traffic violation prior to this arrest. Police searched Loaiza's car to find a secret compartment that could be used to hide any contraband. He was seen crossing the Mexican border that day.
Loaiza is facing a mandatory 10-year minimum sentence in jail, and he is facing up to life in prison if he is convicted.
The Tijuana, Mexico native played 14 years in the MLB, but only half a season with the Yankees in 2004. He played in 10 games (six starts) while owning an inflated 8.50 ERA over 42.1 innings. Overall, Loaiza had a 4.65 ERA in 377 appearances.