Just a couple of weeks ago, former UFC lightweight and current WEC featherweight Leonard Garcia ran into some trouble with the law down south:
“WEC fighter Leonard Garcia, who was arrested earlier this week for his alleged involvement in a major cocaine trafficking ring in Texas, has been charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and other substantive counts, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.”
Garcia has since released a statement about the arrest:
“I am fighting it because there is nothing but someone saying I was involved…I hope to have a smile on my face after this is said and done, but I feel like I’m in a fight for my life. I’d like to tell my fans to stick with me and pray that the liar in this case tells the truth…I want to get back to doing what I do best: fighting for the fans…Your past is exactly that. My life has a bright future, and people that don’t have that don’t want me to have one either. May God forgive them. Me and my family are very strong. I was the glue that held us together. Now they are the wall that is protecting me and giving me support”
Garcia most recently defeated Hiroyuki Takaya via TKO at WEC 32 this past February. The WEC, which is the sister promotion to the UFC, has not made any public statements on Garcia’s situation at this juncture.