A local mixed martial arts celebrity has been arrested on gun and drug charges.
MMA Fighter Joseph “Baby Joe” Taimanglo was pulled over by police for an expired license plate while operating a scooter on Route 1 in Upper Tumon by Jack in the Box.
When police were interacting with Taimanglo, they noticed a handgun within the open storage compartment of the scooter.
GPD Spokesman Sgt Paul Tapao says this prompted officers to conduct a search which revealed that Taimanglo was in possession of methamphetamine.
The drugs were found in a fanny pack and the gun was loaded.
However, according to the magistrate complaint, although Taimanglo admitted to using “ice” at least once in the past, he denied owning the drugs, telling police he took it from his cousin to stop him from using. He also denied knowing about the gun which police determined was a Ruger P85 pistol.
Police say Taimanlgo claimed the scooter belonged to a cousin, and the gun may have been placed in the scooter by a man identified as Ben Gogue. He quickly recanted this statement, telling police that he got the gun after an attempted robbery suspect dropped it in his family store. The robbery, however, was never reported.
Based on this, Taimanglo was taken into custody for possession of a schedule two controlled substance, possession of an unregistered firearm, and possession of a firearm without a firearms ID.
He was booked and confined.