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STORAGE WARS star MARK BALELO snuffs self after meth bust run in with law.
Mark Balelo, 40, was arrested on charges connected to possession of methamphetamine and had a court date for later this month.
Balelo recently spent 45 days in jail stemming from a probation violation of a previous felony drug arrest , RadarOnline.com reported.
He was found dead at his workplace.
The ENQUIRER first reported Balelo pled guilty to the felony charge of sale or transport of a controlled substance in 2009.
At that time he was sentenced to 60 days in jail and given three years probation. But he violated that probation in 2011 and was sent back to jail late in the year.
On December 14, 2007 he was arrested for three felonies: possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and sale or transport of controlled substance.
The first two charges were eventually dismissed but on Feb. 9, 2009 he pled guilty to the third charge.
In his final interview, Balelo told Radar: “Friends of mine were using a hotel room that was rented in my room. They were partying in there I didn’t do anything wrong. I wasn’t even there. It’s not a big deal."
The Ventura County Star reported that Balelo had a Feb. 19 court date scheduled for his recent arrest and that an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.
In June 2011 police found Balelo transporting a firearm that he was in a storage locker he bought.
Later in the year he left the state of California without approval, while still on probation. He was sentenced to 132 days for probation violation and served 45.