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Referee Josh Rosenthal facing three years in jail, more on drug charges

Mark Munoz v Chris Weidman - MMAWEEKLYThere are a handful of Mixed Martial Arts referees who are easily identified by fans based on the amount of time spent in the cage overseeing high-profile pairings. Known for his shaved head, sleeve tattoos, and solid job as an in-ring official, one such individual is Josh Rosenthal . However, fans shouldn’t expect to see Rosenthal in the Octagon (or elsewhere) anytime soon if ever again.

According to a report from MMAJunkie, Rosenthal was linked to a major drug bust in Oakland last year where more than 1,300 marijuana plants were found in a warehouse he owned along with a partner. According to legal documents, the drugs were valued at around six million dollars.

Rosenthal pleaded guilty to charges of  “conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute” in January and will be sentenced next month. The district attorney’s office is apparently recommending a little more than three years behind bars, significant fines, and an additional probationary period after his release. Without a deal in place Rosenthal could have spent a decade in jail and faced a $10 million fine.

He is expected to be back in court on May 17. No comment has been issued by Rosenthal or his legal team.