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Professional wrestler X-Pac arrested at LAX with meth, marijuana, police say

Professional wrestler Sean Waltman with then-fiancee Joannie Laurer in West Hollywood in 2002.
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Professional wrestler Sean Waltman, better known by the ring name “X-Pac,” was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport early Sunday morning after police found a “sizable amount” of methamphetamine and marijuana in his possession, authorities said.

Waltman, 44, was stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers while trying to board a flight to the United Kingdom, then turned over to Los Angeles airport police, according to Officer Rob Pedregon, public information officer for the airport police.

Pedregon said Waltman was in possession of two marijuana joints, 38 capsules of methamphetamine, 56 capsules of THC, and three chocolate bars infused with marijuana. He was arrested without incident.

He was also wanted on an outstanding warrant for driving under the influence in Los Angeles, according to Pedregon.

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Late Tuesday, Waltman addressed the arrest on Twitter, seeming to claim that some of the items found on his person were actually dietary supplements, rather than narcotics.

“We’ll have to wait for the lab results to come back on my yeast-cleanse capsules,” he wrote on his verified account, @TheRealXPac. “In the meantime, I understand ppl’s reason for doubt.”

The DUI warrant stemmed from a 2004 arrest in Los Angeles, according to Rob Wilcox, a spokesman for the city attorney’s office. In that case, Waltman was charged with suspicion of driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a valid license in February 2004, according to court records. He pleaded no contest to the DUI offense, and the other charges were dropped. Waltman was sentenced to 36 months’ probation and required to complete a three-month drug-and-alcohol counseling program, records show.

A warrant for his arrest in relation to that case was issued in 2005, Wilcox said. . He did not say what triggered the warrant.

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Waltman was released on bail related to the drug charges Sunday evening, and is scheduled to appear in court later this month, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department records.

Gaining fame under the ring names “X-Pac” and “Syxx,” Waltman grappled for World Wrestling Entertainment and World Championship Wrestling in the 1990s. He has been open about struggles with substance abuse in the past, but insisted on Twitter Tuesday that he has remained sober despite the details of the arrest.

“I’ve had a crazy weekend ... Way too much to tweet about. Still mentally strong & healthy. No relapse,” he wrote.

He appears to still be an active wrestler. Promotional materials for a June show in England can be seen on his Twitter page.

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Waltman was in a lengthy and tumultuous relationship with fellow professional wrestler Joan Marie Laurer, better known as “Chyna.” The two were once engaged and released a sex tape together in 2004. Their split was later chronicled as part of a VH1 reality series.

Laurer was found dead in her Redondo Beach home last year. Coroner’s officials later determined she died after ingesting a toxic cocktail of painkillers, muscle relaxers and alcohol.

Calls to Waltman’s Beverly Hills-based manager seeking additional comment were not immediately returned.

james.queally@latimes.com

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UPDATES:

May 3, 2017, 6:29 a.m.: This article was updated with additional comments from Waltman.

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1:05 p.m.: This article was updated with additional information about the warrant for Waltman’s arrest.

This article was originally published at 10:55 a.m. on May 2, 2017.


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