Garcia Cleared Of Drug Charges

Leonard Garcia

It looks like MMA fighter Leonard Garcia has performed a legal miracle worthy of Houdini; a big assist to Sherdog on this article:

Arrested by federal authorities in Texas on March 27 for his alleged involvement in a suspected drug trafficking ring, Garcia was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. Had the charges stuck, they could have netted the talented Texan a three-year prison term.

Garcia, however, was cleared of all federal charges last week. Released on a recognizance bond in April, he spent two months under house arrest. A possible state charge for obstruction of justice still hangs over his head, though it would net him only probation if he were convicted.

“My attorney called me and told me [federal prosecutors] didn’t feel like it was something they wanted to take to trial,” said Garcia, who claims his entire ordeal was a matter of guilt by association. “The federal guys looked at the case and determined they didn’t have enough evidence.”

Good thing Garcia skated because he was facing prison time and his MMA career probably would have been toast.  It should serve as a lesson to current and prospective MMA fighters – be careful of the company that you keep both in and out of the octagon.


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