Man pleads guilty, sentenced for running drug business while impersonating Conor McGregor

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Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY
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A Conor McGregor doppelgänger has been sentenced for dealing drugs while impersonating the UFC headliner.

Mark Nye, 34, told Surrey police his name was "Conor" when he was arrested in the London suburb of Stanwell, England in February. Police said Nye was trying to dispose of drugs and two cell phones at the time he was stopped.

Police said a subsequent search resulted in them finding hundreds of business cards for "McGregor Enterprise" written on the front and which promised customers the “Best drops in Surrey” on the back of the cards.

Nye pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs and driving while disqualified and without insurance. Nye was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on April 9 to two years and nine months in prison.

An image published by the Surrey Police shows that Nye took the impersonation seriously, altering his hair style and growing a beard to closely resemble McGregor.

Mark Nye, 34, was arrested for allegedly running a drug dealing business while impersonating UFC fighter Conor McGregor.
Mark Nye, 34, was arrested for allegedly running a drug dealing business while impersonating UFC fighter Conor McGregor.

Police analyzed Nye's phones and said they found hundreds of messages pertaining to the drug dealing business.

"A search of the address Mark was staying at revealed a large amount of boric acid, a cutting agent which is used by dealers to cut drugs and can have serious health implications for users themselves," Surrey police investigating officer PC Mcgill said in a statement. "Officers also found a large cleaver readily accessible by his bed.

"Thanks to the work of our proactive drugs teams, we have taken yet another dealer off our streets and prevented Mark from causing further harm to the victims of his crimes."

The real Conor McGregor, however, has avoided jail time despite several run ins with the law. In April 2019, he was caught on security footage punching an older man at a pub in Dublin and later apologized for the incident.

In March 2019, he was arrested in Miami Beach for allegedly slapping a phone out of a man's hand.

In July 2018, he avoided jail time while accepting a plea deal after he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for attacking a bus in April of that year. As part of the deal, McGregor had to serve five days of community service and three days of anger management.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Conor McGregor impersonator sentenced for dealing drugs near London