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PizDoff
3/28/2008 1:37am,
Authorities Arrest Members of Lubbock To El Paso Cocaine Ring

Thirteen members of an alleged drug trafficking organization are off Lubbock streets after a four-year investigation. Authorities say the cocaine ring spans from El Paso to the Hub City.

Ten people arrested during those raids Thursday and we're told they will all end up at the Lubbock County Jail.

The roundup started early Thursday morning with a bust in the 1500 block of 23rd Street. The Drug Enforcement Administration led the operation. Lubbock Police, Lubbock Sheriff's Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety assisted along with several other area agencies.

http://img524.imageshack.us/img524/2879/8081560bg2uc5.jpgFederal indictments allege that all who were arrested have conspired to sell cocaine going back to as early as 2001. Authorities also executed seven search warrants in both Lubbock and Lynn Counties on Thursday.

Our cameras also caught a bust at an apartment in the 7200 block of 73 Street. It's allegedly linked to the cocaine ring as well.

The U.S. District Attorney's Office says that operation seized about two kilograms of cocaine along with drug trafficking paraphernalia, firearms and money.

Three other suspects were taken into custody prior to Thursday morning. El Paso authorities tell us John Patrick Morales II was arrested Wednesday night.

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.

One other suspect is already in custody in the Lamb County. If convicted, three of those arrested could face up to 40 years in prison and up to a $2 million fine. The others could face up to life in prison and up to a $ 4 million fine.

Those accused were named in five federal indictments that were unsealed Thursday morning. All but one of those named in the indictments has been arrested.

Original Article (http://www.kcbd.com/Global/story.asp?S=8081560&nav=menu69_2_9)

Originally posted on Bullshido here (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=67965)

krazy kaju
3/28/2008 9:55am,
This is bullshit.

It is Fake
3/28/2008 9:56am,
Here is the other thread:
http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=67965

There was no article at the time.

Abi Dabi
3/28/2008 12:00pm,
That sucks, I liked watching him fight.

Roidie McDouchebag
3/28/2008 1:16pm,
I couldn't care less about watching him fight, but coke ought to be legal.

ZenOfAnger
3/28/2008 2:31pm,
You'd think that his fighting career would be enough income for him.

It is Fake
3/28/2008 3:15pm,
You'd think that his fighting career would be enough income for him.
Are you really that unclear on what MMA lower tier fighters make?

ZenOfAnger
3/28/2008 3:27pm,
No. I am not sure how much they make. I'd like to know and I didn't mean to come about as poking fun at the guy, I thought he would at least make a substantial income from his MMA career.

If he makes next to diddly squat, then I apologize.

It is Fake
3/28/2008 3:37pm,
That is why I asked. I'm not condoning what he allegedly did but, they don't make the money a Chuck Lidell or Rampage do..

http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=4031&zoneid=1

This is a list from UFC 71. Take a look and then think how much (little) they fight. Also, remember this is the UFC. The smaller the show the smaller the amount of money.

ZenOfAnger
3/28/2008 4:12pm,
Thanks. Now that I look at the numbers, I see why he might have turned to an alleged life of cocaine dealing.
Didn't mean any hate toward him though. A guy's gotta put food on the table for his family. Made a bad choice when he thought drugs were the way.

Hope he gets back in the ring soon.

MuayThaiBri67
3/29/2008 1:14pm,
Are you really that unclear on what MMA lower tier fighters make?

Leonard Garcia was making $6000 to fight in the UFC, and $6000 more if he won. I don't know what he made in WEC, but with his sponserships he was making more then most of us make in a year, and I don't know of any of us being part of a drug ring. He could have also gotten a regular job like a lot of local fighters in my area do to make ends meet.

It is Fake
3/29/2008 2:03pm,
Leonard Garcia was making $6000 to fight in the UFC, and $6000 more if he won. I don't know what he made in WEC, but with his sponserships he was making more then most of us make in a year, and I don't know of any of us being part of a drug ring. He could have also gotten a regular job like a lot of local fighters in my area do to make ends meet.
So you just felt it was necessary to skip this part?




You'd think that his fighting career would be enough income for him.


I'm not condoning what he allegedly did but, they don't make the money a Chuck Lidell or Rampage do.That's okay he gave fighters a bad name and you are to upset to read what I wrote. I understand.

I'm addressing this belief that all MMA fighters make a huge amount of money.

"I'm not Condoning" means I don't agree with what he allegedly did. Zen didn't know that all MMA fighters aren't huge money makers like, lower level recognized boxers.

Also, can you comment on the sponsorship? If not, look into it and you'll be surprised. All sponsorship isn't always a huge paycheck. You need to look at his sponsors and their income. Some of the lower level sponsors give the fighters free gear, comp rooms, comp flights, free products, etc in place of pay.

Again since you are upset I'm not condoning, nor excusing, nor agreeing, with what he was arrested for the other day.

I'm saying he isn't making goo goo gobs of money that would make this even more ridiculous, as implied by Zen.

new2bjj
3/29/2008 3:03pm,
This is pretty bad, but it's not going to do anything to the sport, so I wouldn't worry. The Ryan Gracie thing was a lot worse. Dude, should have gotten a job- it's not like he was selling eight's of pot or bag's of 'shrooms- cocaine's a hell of a drug. Dangerous, addictive, and destructive- he deserves whatever he gets.

It is Fake
3/29/2008 4:37pm,
Now let me address this statement separately.

Leonard Garcia was making $6000 to fight in the UFC, and $6000 more if he won. First off he didn't win so, the additional $6,000 doesn't factor into his pay. Second we don't really know what he was making in the UFC since, we don't know his UFC 69 salary.

These are the two websites I used to see, where he fought last year and how many times.

He had three reported fights for 2007 all with the UFC..
http://fcfighter.brinkster.net/fighter.asp?FighterID=13704
http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=2815


Here are his two reported purses.

http://mmamania.com/2007/09/20/ufc-fight-night-11-fighter-paydays-and-salaries/
UFC - Fight Night 11: $6,000
Loss.

http://www.ivansblog.com/2007_07_01_archive.html
UFC - TUF 5 Finale: $4,000
Winner.

UFC 69 - Shootout
Loss.


UFC 69 salaries are unreported thanks to Texas confidentiality garbage. So, right now, he made a verified $10,000 not including alleged sponsorship monies. As I said above, depending on what his sponsorship consisted of, he may not have made any income from his sponsors.

I doubt very strongly it was over $6,000 in a loss. Honestly, I'd say it was probably $3-$4,000 range. Why? When I checked salaries for lightweight, main card, bouts, the loser took home $3,000 up to the unreported UFC 69.

He made approximately $13-$16,000 from fighting in the UFC in 2007.


I don't know what he made in WEC, but with his sponserships he was making more then most of us make in a year, and So far not true at all. I'm not counting the WEC monies as that goes to this year. Also I found two sponsors. One is negated as it was announced this year 2/12/2008
http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/industries/retail/article/soyo-announces-sponsor-ufc-veteran-leonard-garcia-wec-debut_475976_7.html

The only other sponsor was an Albuquerque based small fight gear company and condom depot.

I'm sorry but Soyo, condom depot, and a no name gear place are not giving him hundreds of thousands of dollars for 3 fights a year.


So right now, until more info come in, no he didn't make anywhere near what I reported on my Taxes this year. He didn't make what I made by myself not including my wife's salary.


I don't know of any of us being part of a drug ring.Obviously, you can only speak for yourself.
You are assuming there are no other fighters in drug rings. Well, we have one, there may well be others. I hope not but who knows?


He could have also gotten a regular job like a lot of local fighters in my area do to make ends meet. I already addressed this in the previous post. I don't disagree with this statement and never did.

I disagreed with the implication of this statement:

You'd think that his fighting career would be enough income for him.

Which was further reinforced by this statement:

If he makes next to diddly squat, then I apologize.

I do thank you for making me research the pay. I knew they weren't paid well but, **** I didn't know it was that bad for a new UFC fighter.

JohnnyCache
3/29/2008 5:09pm,
MORE LIKE DRUG OCTAGON M I RITE

PizDoff
3/29/2008 5:53pm,
Gilbert Aldana (RIP) for $200 to get knocked out by Paul Buentello, that was pretty bad.

IIF - Don't forget the cut that the sporting commissions take of the pay. Different states have different numbers but it was a significant cut. Even worse for fighters coming from other countries.