When you see marijuana in a MMA-related story, who’s the first person you think of? Nick Diaz, right? Well, Nick Diaz may not be shy about his pot smoking habit, but he’s never been involved in something as serious as this.

According to a report on KLAS TV 8, Mike Whitehead was wanted by Las Vegas Police for allegedly running a marijuana growing operation out of his house. I’m not talking about a small plant in the closet either. Police estimated the street value of the 50+ plants were somewhere in the neighborhood of $500,000. That was only half the story though. The police didn’t show up at his house looking for a pot garden, they came to investigate an alleged sexual assault and just happened to stumble upon the weed.

MMA Junkie spoke to the LVPD however and discovered that initial report was slightly inaccurate. Whitehead isn’t “wanted” by the police, he’s merely a “person of interest,” for now at least.

“I want to make it perfectly clear (that) there is no arrest warrant out for him,” Barbara Morgan, a public information officer for the Las Vegas Police Department, today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).

Morgan said the LVPD has contacted Whitehead and expects him to speak to detectives in the next 24 hours. He is the sole suspect in the sexual-assault case, she said.

“He’s not on the run; he’s not hiding,” Morgan said. “I’m sure he’ll probably talk to our detectives. We just need to get his side of the story.”

Morgan said the LVPD will decide whether to file charges against Whitehead following the interview.

How exactly do you explain having 50+ marijuana plants in your house by the way? It seems like the old “for medical reasons” excuse gets thrown out the window when you get caught with more than one or two.

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Update: Mike Whitehead has been arrested on the sexual assault charges.

No word if he’ll be charged in the marijuana operation case.

Update 2: More details from MMA Junkie.

Mixed martial arts veteran Mike Whitehead has been arrested and charged with three felonies including sexual assault, attempted sexual assault, and open and gross lewdness, according to a release from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department issued today.

If convicted, each charge carries a minimum of one year in prison, according to Barbara Morgan, a Public Information Officer with the LVPD.

Morgan said additional charges related to a marijuana growing operation discovered at Whitehead’s residence are pending.