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Canadian mixed martial arts fighter Gary Espinar has been arrested in Quezon City, northeast of Manila, for allegedly selling cannabis, reports GMA News.

According to the report, Albertan-born Espinar was identified by two suspects as a local dealer and then arrested in a “buy-bust operation.”

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Police allegedly recovered “eight cans and 10 sachets” of cannabis, worth an estimated $74,000. Police also seized two phones and a vehicle.

Espinar last fought in June 2018, where he recorded a first-round submission win over Vachayan Khamon at COMBAT FC 1: Inception in Hainan, China.

The 37-year-old has a professional record of five wins and five losses and is the head coach of Explosive MMA Academy in Santa Rosa, reports The Daily Guardian.

Espinar made no comment following his arrest.

Last week, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) announced it was reforming its cannabis policies and will now only fine or suspend fighters who test positive for cannabis “if further evidence demonstrates the substance was taken for performance-enhancing purposes.”

However, fighters are still subject to the rules of local athletic commissions. The Nevada State Athletic Commission has levied numerous suspensions and fines for positive cannabis tests over the past year.

In October, the Commission sanctioned three UFC athletes, including Jamahal Hill, who was handed a six-month suspension.

All three of the fighters said the positive tests were the result of residual cannabis in their systems.

“That’s where the issue continues to remain, the athletic commissions,” Jeff Novitzky, the UFC’s senior vice president of athlete health and performance, said in October. “By sanctioning on marijuana, I really think we are pushing these athletes to drugs that are even more dangerous.”

SOURCE: https://www.thegrowthop.com/cannabis-news/canadian-mma-fighter-arrested-in-the-philippines-for-allegedly-selling-cannabis