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Crime & Courts

Apr 2, 2012 12:09 PM by Kay Rossi (Great Falls)

Ryan Leaf back in custody on new burglary charge

Ryan Leaf was arrested in Great Falls just after midnight for one charge of burglary, one count of theft, two counts of felony criminal posessionof dangerous drugs, and was booked in on probation violation.

Sergeant Chris Hickman of the Central Montana Drug Task Force tells us that the charges stem from a burglary that allegedly occurred Sunday afternoon - just two days after being arrested on similar charges.

Bond for all charges is $101,000.

In 2010, Leaf pled guilty in Potter County, Texas, to eight felony drug charges and was sentenced to 10 years probation and a $20,000 fine.

There is no bond for his probation violation, so Sergeant Hickman says that Leaf will likely remain in custody for at least a few days.

Leaf is scheduled to appear on all charges in court at 1 pm on Monday afternoon.

Police are executing a search warrant to gain additional information.

We will update you as we learn more.


(March 31, 2012) The arrest on Friday of former NFL quarterback and Great Falls native Ryan Leaf followed a month-long investigation by the Central Montana Drug Task Force.

Now the agency is looking for help from the public for more potential charges.

According to Sergeant Chris Hickman with the Great Falls Police Department, the task force started investigating Leaf more than a month ago.

Hickman says Leaf had been receiving packages, valued at about $500 each, from a Florida pharmacy once or twice a week for months.

The pharmacy, he says, had a possible connection to an illegal pharmacy.

After conducting a search of Leaf's home and car, authorities found two prescription pill bottles in a golf bag in Leaf's car.

One of the bottles contained 28 oxycodone pills; the other bottle was empty but had another person's name on it.

After interviewing that person, the task force determined that Leaf had entered the home unlawfully and taken the pills.

The task force believes that Leaf may have unlawfully entered other homes in the last year to steal prescription drugs, and is looking for help from the public to identify any other such cases.

Leaf faces two felony charges, one for criminal possesion of dangerous drugs and one for burglary, and one misdemeanor theft charge.

In 2010, Leaf pled guilty in Potter County, Texas, to eight felony drug charges and was sentenced to 10 years probation and a $20,000 fine.

The Cascade County Attorney on the current case told us that if Leaf violated his probation, he could face up to 20 years in prison.

If you have any information on possible thefts, you're asked to call Sergeant Hickman at 406-868-6698.

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