Martin Trempe Sentenced to Two Years on Drug Charges


Martin Trempe, the Quebec Heavyweight originally set to welcome ex-NHL goon Donald Brashear into MMA prior to suffering a shoulder injury last June, was sentenced to two years in federal prison Friday after pleading guilty to marijuana-related criminal charges. Following his court appearance, he was immediately transported to the minimum-security Saint-Anne-des-Plaines Institution, a half-hour northwest of Montreal, to begin serving his time.

The 0-2 Trempe was first arrested in the early morning of April 14, 2011, while surveilling a marijuana cultivation site in Saint-Hippolyte, a municipality in his native Laurentians.

He explained why he had accepted the illegal work in an exclusive interview a week later. “I was offered money (to watch the site) and couldn’t refuse,” said the 27 year-old. “I’d wanted to work out seriously for a long time, but wasn’t able to – I couldn’t afford it. I was unemployed and succumbed to temptation. If I trained more, I wouldn’t be distracted by this silliness.”

Trempe was eventually charged under Canada’s Controlled Drugs and Substances Act with marijuana production and possession with intent to distribute. Facing two years per offense following his guilty plea Friday, the judge specified that the sentences would be served concurrently. As it is his first Federal conviction, Trempe will likely only serve 16 months, given existing early release guidelines.

In his professional debut in November 2010, Trempe gassed out against Robert Masson at Ringside 9 in Montreal, opting not to continue following the first round. Returning two months later at Rising Star 1, a now-defunct Ringside sister-promotion focused on developing up-and-coming talent, he engaged in a back-and-forth brawl with fellow Heavyweight Jeff Breau before being dropped by a vicious liver kick and suffering his second TKO loss in the opening round.

Trempe (left) will likely be released in 2013.

Following the two fights and his arrest, Trempe expressed concern with how his legal troubles could affect his fighting future. “When I found MMA, I’d hoped to put all my eggs in the same basket and succeed,” said Trempe, who previously served four months in prison on a provincial drug charge in 2008. “It’s very scary to think I might not be able to do something I love.”

According to an official contacted today at the Regie des Alcools Courses et Jeux (RACJ), Quebec’s governing body for professional combat sports, Trempe’s criminal record will play a role in whether or not he gets re-licensed should he submit a request to do so following his release from prison.

Between his April arrest and recent sentencing, Trempe had hoped to bounce back and make a name for himself in MMA. Unfortunately, an injury forced him out of what would have been his highest-profile bout yet, a Ringside 11 tilt in June against the debuting Donald Brasher. As he rehabbed his shoulder, Trempe dipped back into the amateur ranks, fighting three times for the Empire Fight League promotion, and most recently in November at Victory MMA 4, going 2-2 in the process.

*** all photos by Julian Cymbalista-Clapp

13 Responses to “ Martin Trempe Sentenced to Two Years on Drug Charges ”

  1. harry balls says:

    the war on drugs is total bullshit. millions of Canadians smoke pot. stop wasting tax dollars on this nonsense.

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  2. LOL says:

    ya the sale of drugs or marijuana does not fund any type of organized crime, which involves itself in prostitution rings, purchasing of firearms illegally, or the sale of much more addictive drugs, which cause so much harm to more and more youth. It is all done so legitimately. He was probably only caught with a couple of joints.

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  3. Jamie Locke says:

    Hey man, I’m all for the legalization of pot. Possession for personal use, cultivation for personal use is all fine and dandy by me….
    Large scale grow ops on the other hand are not cool. They are usually not owned by someone cultivating for personal use, nor are the profits put to use in order to benefit any of the public. Large scale grow ops are usually run by criminal organizations (big and small) and the profits aren’t going anywhere that is going to make our lives better.
    If he was being locked up for having a few plants in his closet, than I would disagree…
    Don’t get me wrong Harry Ballsack, our laws definitly need to change, but when they do large scale cultivation for the purpose of trafficing will still be illegal IMO.

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  4. Graham Weenk says:

    people should also be allowed to have just enough crack and heroine for personal use, and lots of hand guns as long as they promise not to shoot people with them… come on, he got caught with illegal drugs.

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  5. Jero says:

    All drugs should be legal – it should be up to you what you put in your body, so long as you don’t infringe on anyone else’s rights to person or property.

    Of course, most Canadians will disagree, they want the nanny-state to take care of them.

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  6. Bdc says:

    Whats wrong with hand guns come on and leave them out of this! Granade lunchers maybe but hand guns.

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  7. booboo says:

    Im blessed to have a CARD and i smoke that shit legally , medically its a miracle drug for people with cancer and eye imparments , BUT a criminal enterprise like that , sure as fuck is not cool. Thankfully its legal were i live ( medical ) and people here grow that shit by the book. GUNS DONT KILL PEOPLE , PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE !

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  8. harry balls says:

    LOL, it’s a for-profit business that legitimate business folk cannot be involved in. Ergo, you are going to get criminals peddling it. Millions of Canadians enjoy pot safely everyday; that pot must come from somewhere. The lure of big money will always exist as long as drugs are illegal.

    Graham, i could give two shits if people use crack and heroin. Nor do i care if they drink alcohol until their liver fails or smoke themselves into a giant tumor. I also don’t care if they choose to climb in a cage and get the shit beaten out of them. Remember how awesome and safe illegal MMA was? Drug prohibition has been an abject and utter failure. Just stay scared of the giant boogeyman while the courts are logjammed with non violent offenders and our tax dollars slowly get pissed away on this unwinnable joke of a war.

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  9. harry balls says:

    and jero you’re dead-on.

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  10. harry balls says:

    And if you are gonna go on about guns, Graham, here are the laws in the horrible violent hellhole that is Vermont (some of the loosest in America).

    compare it to the District of Columbia, which has had some of the strictest.

    Gee, prohibition magically rendered it a crime-free paradise!

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  11. @clinchcraig says:

    This guy played in the Q for Cape Breton and I used to follow the local hockey boards and I used to talk to a good friend of Trempe’s he was always wondering how Martin was doing in his fights and shit. Kind of interesting because the guy was training to be an RCMP officer.

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  12. McGruff says:

    “It’s very scary to think I might not be able to do something I love.” – Martin Trempe

    You don’t deserve to have any kind of involvement with MMA upon your release. You are EXACTLY the kind of moron that would set MMA back 10 years through your choices and decisions.

    After your FIRST arrest in 2008, you should have thought long and hard about it before you decided to ever become involved in it again.

    If MMA means so much to you and had you actually learned anything valuable the first, you would have distanced yourself from this kind of bullshit immediately.

    Instead, you probably continued your involvement with it – just undetected – for 3 years, until you got caught again.

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  13. Bdc says:

    Cst mcgruff i couldnt agree more

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