Billy Jack Sanchez, 24, was arrested in Buscalan, Tinglayan, Kalinga, Philippines on March 31, 2018. He was caught with marijuana worth 941,250 Philippine pesos in a checkpoint operation.
Wearing a gray shirt, Sanchez was arrested by joint anti-narcotics agents from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and local police, according to Zigzag Weekly. They found in his bag four marijuana bricks and six tubular marijuana stalks all weighing 11,170 grams.
A resident of Timog Park Homes in Angeles, Pampanga, Philippines, Sanchez was detained at the Tinglayan Police Station pending the filing of a case for violation of Republic Act Number 9165. Also known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, the act was signed into law on January 23, 2002 by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the incumbent representative of Pampanga’s second district.
When arrested, Sanchez explained to the authorities that marijuana could eradicate anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. He added that it also promotes creativity.
While working in Qatar in 2017, Sanchez caught the attention of the Filipino mixed martial arts community after a video of himself calling out Kiko Matos and Baron Geisler went viral. In an interview with Conan Daily, Sanchez said he was contacted by Ron Catunao of the Universal Reality Combat Championship.
Sanchez left his job in Qatar and accepted the offer to fight Matos. The two met for the first time during the URCC press conference at the Winford Hotel and Casino in Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines on July 25, 2019.
On August 12, 2018, Matos and Sanchez competed at “URCC: XXX” at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Metro Manila. It marked Sanchez’s URCC debut while it was Matos’s second bout in the promotion.
The referee put a stop to the contest after 2 minutes and 50 seconds. Matos submitted Sanchez via rear-naked choke.
Watch how Sanchez explained the benefits of marijuana during his arrest here: