World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) featherweight fighter, Leonard Garcia, was recently among 13 suspected individuals arrested for allegedly being involved in a major drug trafficking organization in Lubbock, Texas, according to KCBD.com.
Here's a snip:
"NewsChannel 11 has learned one of those arrested is mixed martial arts fighter Leonard Garcia. He was arrested Tuesday in allege connection with the cocaine ring. Garica is currently ranked sixth in the featherweight class in MMA. He has fought in UFC and Ultimate Fighting championships."
Garcia is perhaps best known for losing a three-round war against Roger Huerta at UFC 69: "Shootout" in April 2007. He recently transitioned to the WEC and dropped down to 145 pounds, taking out Hiroyuki Takaya via technical knockout in his debut earlier this year.
After the bout he lobbied for a title shot against WEC Featherweight Champion, Urijah Faber, which is even more unlikely with this recent bad news.
The report reveals that all of the suspects under arrest have conspired to sell cocaine going back to as early as 2001. And the "Bad Boy," if convicted, could face up to 40 years in prison and up to a $2 million fine or life in prison and up to a $ 4 million fine.
Clearly, these are extremely serious charges that apparently were four years in the making. He is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
(Thanks to MMAmania.com reader "skatanicus" for the assist.)