VAIL, Colo. — A professional baseball pitcher playing for a Chicago Cubs farm-team faces drug charges after authorities in Colorado found 21 pounds of Methamphetamine and 1.2 pounds of Oxycodone in his Cubs equipment bag this week, police say.
25-year-old Jesus Camargo-Corrales, a pitcher who was first drafted by the Cubs in 2014 before being assigned to their South-Bend, Indiana, affiliate team, was arrested and charged with four drug-related felonies, officials say.
Upon being given consent to search the vehicle, Zane, A K-9 dog, alerted to an area underneath a rear seat where deputies found a Cubs equipment bag filled with baseball cleats, gloves, and a bag covered in essential oils, with 17 packages containing a white substance and two green packages hidden underneath.
“Deputies searched further and discovered a duffle bag belonging to the driver,” a press release stated. “Contents of the bag included several baseball gloves, cleats, and a bag doused in suspected essential oils with $1000 of neatly bundled cash, several neatly packaged bags of a white substance, and two green packages.”
Upon later inspection, the bags were found to contain 21 pounds of methamphetamine and 1.2 pounds of Oxycodone, an opioid drug, authorities say. Final testing on the substances is still in progress.
Corrales, who said he was driving to teach a youth baseball clinic, told deputies a man from Sinaloa, Mexico asked him to deliver the packages to Denver, to which he complied. Corrales added that he knew the packages contained drugs, but didn’t know which kind. The Associated Press reported Corrales originally claimed he had no drugs and stated he followed the MLB’s anti-doping policy.
The Chicago Cubs released a statement acknowledging Corrales’ arrest.
“We are aware of the arrest of one our minor league players,” said Julian Green, the Cubs’ senior vice president of communications. “We are investigating this matter and cannot provide additional comment until we have further details.”
Corrales was held on a $75,000 bond and is expected back in court March 30 before Judge Rachel Olguin-Fresquez.