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Former WEC champ Brian Bowles arrested on drug charges

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Former WEC bantamweight champion Brian Bowles was arrested earlier this month and remains incarcerated in Arcade, GA on six felony counts, including possession of methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell.

Bowles, 34, was arrested on Jan. 14 alongside Rhomney Moon, 35, by representatives of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, according to a Facebook statement issued by the department.

"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," the statement read. "This particular female was not located, however Investigators found Moon and discovered she did have an outstanding Probation Warrant. After a search of the immediate area Investigators 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."

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Bowles and Moon were both arrested and taken to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Both individuals are being charged with the following six felony counts: 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.

Arrest records indicate that the schedule IV drug in question was diazepam, and that Bowles presently remains incarcerated at the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. Bowles has three prior arrests on his record.

An accomplished mixed martial artist, Bowles (10-3) rose to the pinnacle of the sport when he dethroned longtime WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres in 2009, claiming the strap as his own with a stunning first-round knockout.

Bowles subsequently lost the title to Dominick Cruz after suffering a broken hand in his first title defense, then never again regained his previous form, compiling a 2-2 record inside the UFC.

Bowles tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone in his final UFC appearance -- a TKO loss to George Roop in May 2013 -- drawing a nine-month suspension and $5,700 fine from the Nevada Athletic Commission. Bowles' testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio was tested at over 20:1, well above the NAC legal limit of 6:1.