Okay, so he’s not officially out of the woods yet, but WEC fighter Leonard Garcia has had the federal drug trafficking charges against him dropped, according to a MySpace post reprinted by MMA Mania earlier today. You may recall that Garcia was arrested back in March in alleged connection with a cocaine smuggling ring in Texas. Garcia proclaimed his innocence from the get-go, and now things are starting to look better for him:
“I just wanted to post this to let everyone know that I had the federal charges dropped. I am still dealing with the state but the charges aren’t as serious as they seemed. So I hope to be back in the cage soon … real soon. I’m just waiting on my excellent manager Steven (boogie) Bean to get that straightened out for me. I am gonna be the WEC lightweight champ soon, this is something I feel strongly about. So I’m telling everyone that is my goal and my dream and that is what I’m going to do so I will give it my all to do what I say I’m gonna do.”
State charges are still enough to get you locked up in prison, so it might not be time to celebrate just yet, but the fact that the feds dropped their case against him lends credence to his claims of innocence and suggests that maybe he’ll be back in the good kind of cage sooner rather than later.