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Jiu-jitsu pioneer Relson Gracie charged with drug trafficking

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Relson Gracie is the second oldest son of jiu-jitsu legend Helio Gracie
Photo via Relson Gracie's Instagram

Relson Gracie, 66, was arrested on Friday night in Pirai, Rio de Janeiro, by the Federal Highway Police after dogs found drugs in his bags on a bus trip between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Photo via Federal Highway Police

Gracie allegedly had several forms of cannabis in his bag, the police revealed. Cops also found a flight ticket from Los Angeles to Sao Paulo, and suspect that Gracie brought the drugs with him from the United States.

Members of the Gracie family declined to comment when contacted by MMA Fighting.

Relson Gracie, a 9th degree red belt in jiu-jitsu, is the second-oldest son of Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend Helio Gracie. The 66-year-old was charged with drug trafficking, which could give him five to 15 years in jail.