Ryan Leaf Arrested Again For 2nd Time In Just Days
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested again today and is accused of committing another burglary two days after he posted bail on charges that he broke into a friend’s home and stole prescription painkillers, a drug task force commander said.
Leaf has been jailed in the Cascade County Detention Center and is facing new charges of burglary, theft and two counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs. He also is being detained on a probation violation.
“It’s based on a burglary that happened yesterday afternoon after he bailed out,” Central Montana Drug Task Force Commander Chris Hickman said.
The new charges are in addition to burglary, theft and drug possessions charges he faces from his arrest on Friday.
Bond has been set at $101,000 for the burglary, theft and drug charges, but the probation violation charge does not carry a bond so Leaf cannot be released from jail, Hickman said.
The probation violation is related to a plea agreement Leaf made in Texas after being accused in 2009 of burglarizing a player’s home while he was a quarterbacks coach for Division II West Texas A&M. An investigation turned up that Leaf had obtained nearly 1,000 pain pills from area pharmacies in an eight-month span.
His plea agreement gave him 10 years of probation. Randall County District Attorney James Farren said he planned to file a motion Monday to revoke Leaf’s probation.
Leaf was arrested Friday after a monthlong investigation that started with a tip that Leaf had been receiving small, rattling c.o.d. packages worth $500 or more once or twice a week.
A search of Leaf and his pickup truck turned up 28 oxycodone pills, a narcotic for which Leaf does not have a prescription, Hickman said. The label on an empty prescription bottle also found in Leaf’s golf bag was made out to an acquaintance, who told police that Leaf entered his house without permission on Thursday and stole the pills.
Hickman said authorities believe Leaf may have broken into other homes over the past 1 1/2 years in search of prescription drugs and is asking those victims to come forward.