Daniel Straus, a Bellator mixed martial arts champion, was arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Florida after he was found in possession of a variety of illegal drugs, news sources report. Straus, 28, was also caught driving on a suspended license. He was booked into the North Broward Bureau on charges of possessing ecstasy, drug paraphernalia, more than 20 grams of marijuana, and more than 3 grams of synthetic marijuana; he was also charged with driving with a suspended license. It is unclear whether he qualified for bail bond. It is also not yet known whether he has obtained an attorney
According to reports, Straus is a professionally ranked mixed martial artist with a career record of 21-4. In May 2012, he participated in and won the Bellator Season 6 Featherweight MMA Tournament. Straus was set to face another competitor in April, but had to withdraw after he broke his hand during training. It is unclear how this arrest will affect Straus’s position within the series. No spokesperson made a statement regarding the allegations.
Records show this is not Straus’s first run-in with the law. Reports say he served three years at Noble Correctional Institution in Caldwell, Ohio on robbery charges. During an interview with ESPN.com in October, Straus described the difficult conditions he grew up in. “By the time I was a junior in high school, I was living on my own, living with other people,” he said. “I was in and out of school, doing whatever I wanted to do… When I came home [from jail] it was like, ‘What are you going to do with your life?’ It wasn’t like I had a college education. It wasn’t like I had a GED. I didn’t have plenty of opportunities waiting for me.”
The details of Straus’s recent arrest are not clear. It remains to be seen whether he winds up behind bars yet again.
In other drug-related news, police in West Palm Beach secured an apartment complex after receiving a call indicating that a resident may be cooking methamphetamine inside the building Tuesday, reports say. Police and hazmat teams were investigating the apartment, but have not said whether the resident was making the drug. Police have not yet made an arrest. It is unclear whether the suspect has hired legal representation.
According to reports, a family member originally reported the alleged meth lab. “[The suspect’s dad] called police, being concerned for his son and everyone else in the building,” a police spokesperson said. The suspect was operating the alleged meth lab at Whitehall apartment complex on Village Boulevard.
Police and hazmat crews arrived on the scene and secured the apartment. According to the complex’s administrator, the suspect had been combining acetone and flammable oils for the past several weeks. Detectives were investigating the lab to determine whether the suspect was attempting to cook a “bomb or crystal meth.”
No one appears to have been injured in the alleged production. It is unclear how many residents were evacuated during the search and how long they will have to vacate their homes. Police have so far not charged the suspect.