CALIFORNIA MARTIAL ARTIST IN DRUG ARREST

By Rakhi Kaptiyal, Feb 18,2009

California mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Kimo Leopoldo was arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine and a stolen police uniform, authorities said.

Tustin, Calif., Police Sgt. Jeff Blair alleged the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Leopoldo was spotted by officers in a shopping mall parking Monday lot wearing a jumpsuit of the kind used by the Long Beach, Calif., police department’s special enforcement teams, the Orange County Register reported.

Blair said that when officers approached to ask him if he was a Long Beach policeman, Leopoldo allegedly gave conflicting statements. He said police then searched his car and reportedly found a glass pipe along with a small amount of methamphetamine.

Leopoldo was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia and stolen property, the Register reported.

Leopoldo’s Web site indicated he has been campaigning to be named executive officer of the California State Athletic Commission, which governs professional boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts in the state.

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