Former WEC bantamweight champion and current UFC bantamweight Brian Bowles is back in the spotlight, but for a story that has absolutely nothing to do with any potential return to the cage. Earlier this month, the 34-year-old Bowles (along with a 35-year-old woman) was arrested at his Georgia home on multiple drug charges, many of which pertain to possible drug dealing. Here are the full details on Bowles' arrest via The Jackson County Sheriff's Office Facebook page: (H/T Sherdog)
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office arrested Rhomney Marie Moon (35) of Jefferson, Georgia and Brian David Bowles (34) also of Jefferson, Georgia on drug related charges. The Sheriff’s Office responded to Bowles residence on Stoner Road in Arcade, Georgia in an attempt to serve an arrest warrant on a wanted female possibly at this location. This particular female was not located however; Investigator’s found Moon and discovered she did have an outstanding Probation Warrant.
After a search of the immediate area Investigator’s found a quantity of methamphetamine. A Search Warrant was executed at the residence and a quantity of marijuana, other narcotics, a gun and numerous packaging materials were also located within the home. Moon and Bowles were both arrested and transported to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. Moon has been charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Schedule IV Drug, Possession of Schedule IV Drug with Intent to Sell, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell, Possession of Tools for the Commission of a Crime and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime. Bowles is charged with the same. Both are currently incarcerated.
Before moving on, your eyes aren't deceiving you, Bowles lives on Stoner Road and was arrested for possession of marijuana. You can get your giggles out of the way.
This isn't Bowles' first run-in with the law. He was previously arrested on suspicion of DUI in 2010, months after losing his WEC bantamweight title to Dominick Cruz in the same year. Obviously these are much more serious charges he's currently facing, particularly when you consider the discovery of "packaging materials" and a firearm when officials searched his house.
Bowles' last appearance in the UFC was at UFC 160 in May 2013, when he lost by 2nd round TKO to George Roop. To make matters worse, he was fined $5,700 and suspended for 9 months by the Nevada Athletic Commission after he tested positive for elevated testosterone levels.