Rizin Veteran, ’TUF’ Cast Member Jake Heun Sentenced to Prison on Drug Trafficking Charges

Twenty-four fight MMA veteran Jake Heun has been sentenced seven years and nine months in prison after being convicted on drug trafficking charges in Australia.

The news was first reported by the Dail Mail. Heun was arrested while attempting to import 801 grams of methamphetamine after a package labeled “bath gel and cologne” broke open while in transit from France. The package was addressed to Heun’s apartment, which led to a police investigation that also found conversations on the fighter’s cell phone with his girlfriend regarding further drug trafficking.

Heun claimed that he was being paid $1,000 to receive the package, and he ultimately plead guilty to importation of a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug and another charge of trafficking cocaine. Images found on Heun’s found included a picture of a parcel containing cocaine, which he was attempting to send to his girlfriend through the mail. Heun was also believed to have mailed out 35 to 40 grams of cocaine between Sept. 11 and Sept. 17 of 2020.

Additional text messages indicated that Heun had been supplying bartenders in Melbourne with cocaine to sell prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Heun’s conviction came with a potential life sentence due to his ties to a Thailand drug ring, but the judge ultimately gave him the aforementioned sentence of nearly eight years.

According to the Dail Mail report, Heun will likely be out of jail in a little more than three years after receiving a non-parole period of four years and nine months. Heun has already spent 420 days in jail and will likely be deported from Australia upon his release.

The 34-year-old Heun competed on Season 17 and Season 19 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” but lost in the elimination round on both occasions. The Palmer, Alaska, native has compiled a 15-9 professional mark while competing for organizations such as Rizin, Professional Fighters League, World Series of Fighting and ProElite. He last fought on Dec. 31, 2019, when he scored a first-round knockout victory against Satoshi Ishii at Rizin 20.

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