Chicago Cubs pitching prospect Jesus Camargo-Corrales has been arrested on drug charges after he was found with 21 pounds of suspected methamphetamine and 1.2 pounds of oxycodone in his team equipment bag. The right-handed pitcher was charged with distribution of methamphetamine, distribution of a controlled substance and multiple possession charges, according to online court records.
According to an arrest affidavit detailed by Vail Daily, Camargo-Corrales and the two passengers in the car said they were on their way to Denver from Phoenix to teach a kids baseball clinic.
Eagle County Sheriff’s Office deputy Evan Jaramillo stopped the silver BMW that Camargo-Corrales was driving late Wednesday morning as the car appeared to be speeding and drifting into other lanes.
The 25-year-old Camargo-Corrales told the officer that there were no weapons, marijuana or cocaine in the car, and explained he had to abide by the anti-doping policy as part of the Cubs organization. Camargo-Corrales said there was no meth inside the car, but scratched his head while answering and said that he did not want any problems, according to the affidavit.
The Cubs duffel bag, which Camargo-Corrales said was his, was in the trunk. Along with standard baseball equipment, the bag also contained several packages wrapped in white plastic marked “CO” and two packages wrapped in green plastic, according to the affidavit.
Camargo-Corrales said that he thought the bag had contained shoes or clothes, but had previously said he knew there were drugs in the bag, just not what kind, according to police. According to Vail Daily, Camargo-Corrales told police “a friend who lives in the capital city of Sinaloa, Mexico, called him in Arizona on Tuesday and asked him to deliver a bag to Denver, where he would be paid $500 upon delivery.
Camargo-Corrales was an IFA signing out of Mexico in 2014, and last pitched at the High-A level in 2019. According to online court records, he appeared in Eagle County District Court on Thursday in front of Judge Rachel Olguin-Fresquez, who advised him of his charges and set his bond at $75,000, according to online court records.