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Former MMA fighter arrested on drug charges in Placer County

A former mixed martial arts fighter has been arrested after Placer County officers with a search warrant Monday found an indoor pot-growing operation, confiscated a grenade launcher and found evidence of a honey oil lab at his Lincoln home.

The drug task force, comprised of detectives from various Placer County offices, arrested Christopher Sheridan, 32, of Lincoln on suspicion of committing several drug offenses.

Detectives said they found 315 indoor marijuana plants and 100 plants outside. They also found several pounds of processed marijuana.

Detectives said Sheridan was in possession of illegal weapons, including an unloaded AR-15 style rifle with an improvised grenade launcher attached and $20,000 in cash. Detectives also found steroids and hundreds of Xanax pills, a prescription medicine taken for anxiety and panic disorders.

Sheridan, a middleweight, has not fought professionally for a couple of years. However, he once trained out of Auburn and El Dorado Hills.

Sheridan was the 185-pound title holder in the Gladiator Challenge, a lower level where fighters battle in hopes to eventually ascend to big-time televised bouts.

An online listing of his professional fights notes that he has not had a bout since 2014, when he won a split decision over Jordan Powell. An Auburn Journal story from 2012 had him training out of the Auburn Martial Arts Center.

He also has trained with MMAGOLD in El Dorado Hills, but he hasn’t recently, said Dave Hirschbein, fight team founder. Hirschbein considers Sheridan a former MMAGOLD fighter.

“He’s been inactive for well over a year due to injury,” Hirschbein said. “He’s had multiple injuries. I saw him for the first time in more than a year about a week ago. I asked him where he has been.”

Sheridan has not paid MMAGOLD dues, so technically he was not on the fight team, Hirschbein said.

“He’s a real nice guy and an exceptional fighter,” Hirschbein said. “He’s been around the scene forever. He was a Gladiator Challenge champion. He is one of those guys who would help if you needed it.”

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews