VAIL, Colorado. – A minor league baseball player faces substance abuse charges after Colorado police found 21 pounds of methamphetamine and 1.2 pounds of oxycodone pills in his Chicago Cubs travel bag.
The Vail Daily Reports Jesus Camargo-Corrales, 25, of Tempe, Ariz., Appeared in Eagle County Court Thursday on charges of illicit distribution of methamphetamine and oxycodone, both Class 1 crimes, and illegal possession of any drug, both Class 4 drug.
The Major League Baseball website states that Camargo-Corrales, a pitcher, first signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs in 2014 and was assigned to the South Bend Cubs in February.
“We are aware of the arrest of one of our minor league players,” said Julian Green, senior vice president of communications for Chicago Cubs. “We are investigating this matter and cannot make additional comments until we have more details.”
He was appointed by Judge Rachel Olguin-Fresquez for a $ 75,000 loan.
Eagle County Jail confirmed he was still in custody Saturday. It is unclear whether Camargo-Corrales has an attorney who can speak on his behalf.
Camargo-Corrales was pulled up in a silver BMW near the Vail, Colorado ski resort on Interstate 70 Wednesday morning after an Eagle County sheriff’s deputy saw the car accelerate and the lanes drifting on an affidavit.
Camargo-Corrales was traveling with two other passengers who were also questioned, but police said they were unaware of the drugs. They said they were going from Phoenix to Denver but gave mixed accounts of the trip.
Camargo-Corrales told police that he was going to Denver to teach a baseball clinic for children, claiming there were no drugs because he was following Chicago Cubs anti-doping policies.
But police said a K-9 named Zane had alerted authorities to the car’s rear wheel well, and the back seat and Camargo-Corrales had given permission to search the vehicle.
The officers then found a white bag of cologne and $ 1,000 held in place by a rubber band. In the trunk, according to Camargo-Corrales, was a Chicago Cubs travel bag with his baseball gloves and cleats, as well as several packages wrapped in white plastic labeled “CO” and two packages that were affidavitably wrapped in green plastic.
Police said Camargo-Corrales agreed to be interviewed and alleged a friend in Sinaloa, Mexico – where the infamous Sinaloa cartel is based – offered him $ 500 to deliver the travel bag to Denver. Camargo-Corrales, who is also from Sinaloa, said he thought the bag contained shoes or clothing but also said he knew there were drugs in it.
He is expected back in court on March 30th.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.