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Darren Towler was discovered responsible at Teesside Crown Court of three counts of conspiracy to provide Class A and Class B medication in his absence. But forward of sentencing, Durham Police is making an attempt to find the runaway combined martial artist who’s evading the lengthy arm of the legislation.

County Durham-born Towler, who secured an Ultimate Challenge Mixed Martial Arts title in 2011, was first caught by police with ecstasy capsules after a meeting in a parking lot in Newcastle.

His Citroen Berlingo was pulled over by police after officers watched Towler at a Toby Carvery automotive park in Kingston Park.

In his automobile had been 12g of cocaine, 2,000 ecstasy tablets and £2,300 in money.

The cage fighter was jailed in January 2016, sentenced to a few years and three months in jail.

He was then launched on licence later within the year.

Jailing Towler in 2016, Judge Tim Gittins stated: “You became a mixed martial arts world heavyweight champion and displayed the strength you must have built up and the sacrifice that becoming a world champion in any sport involves.

“However, you didn’t have the strength to wrestle with your own conscience.

“You were a small but important part of a conveyor belt in the supply of class A drugs.”

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But after failing to point out as much as his 2022 trial on March 22, police scouring the world for the martial arts champion have informed the general public to remain away in the event that they spot him.

He was convicted at that newest trial of three counts of conspiracy to provide Class A and Class B medication.

Durham Police described the “large” man from Consett as “well-known” within the area.

Towering at properly over six ft tall, police warned members of the general public to “not approach him”.

A spokesperson for the pressure stated: “Towler is described as 6ft 3ins tall and of large build.

“He is well-known in the local people having had a career as an expert MMA fighter.”

They urged: “If you see him or know of his whereabouts, please do not approach him, instead call the police on 101.”

Towler is due in courtroom for sentencing in mid-May.

Also anticipated to seem on the sentencing listening to are Towler’s co-defendants.

John McNaughton, 34, Anthony Thurlow, 28, Terrance Duffield, 42, and 48-year-old Sean Hornsby, 48, had been all discovered responsible at Teesside Crown Court and are set to be sentenced on May 12 and 13.

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