On the set of A&E’s controversial show “Storage Wars” is now dealing with the death of cast member Mark Balelo. Balelo’s autopsy is set for Tuesday and several reports indicate that his death may have been a suicide.
Mark Balelo was arrested on Saturday on meth charges and died just two days later on Monday. According to several people, Balelo was often high on the set of the popular show.
One friend said, “He was high as a kite on the set of Storage Wars. He showed a photo on his phone of a high white plastic bag filled with powder. It was obviously drugs but I wasn’t sure if it was meth or cocaine.”
“I saw him high on the set, sweating with his teeth chattering. He was so high he couldn’t even talk. I think a lot of people knew he was high. How couldn’t they?”
Mark Balelo was forty years old and the owner of Balelo Auctions. Prior to his arrest on Saturday, Balelo has three previous arrests for felony drug charges. He violated his probation in 2011 and was forced to serve time in jail.
Just two months ago, Mark Balelo said he was clean and had been for a while. “I have a business to run. Everything that happened back then was a big mistake. I don’t do drugs.”
A source close to Balelo described the bag he saw on Balelo’s cell phone was too big for personal use. “He had connections in Tijuana. He made it clear he could get large quantities of drugs.”
“I didn’t want anything to do with it [the drugs]. What’s sad is that the other people around the show knew and they didn’t care.”
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