MMA fighter ‘Baby Joe’ Taimanglo arrested; faces gun and drug charges

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Baby Joe Taimanglo (Bellator screen capture)

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.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.