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Ex-All-Star pitcher Estevan Loaiza faces federal drug charge

Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza, who last month pleaded not guilty to drug charges in California, had his case moved to federal court Wednesday.

Loaiza was charged with possessing cocaine intended for sale and transferred to federal custody, the U.S. attorney's office announced.

The state charges were dismissed, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Loaiza, 46, was arrested last month after about 44 pounds (22 kilograms) of cocaine were found inside a minivan parked in the garage of his leased Imperial Beach townhouse, according to the federal criminal complaint.

Law enforcement agents who had been keeping an eye on an SUV suspected in drug dealing saw...