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Ryan Leaf could remain in Montana jail for 30 days

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer
Leaf, aside from his arrests in Montana, will probably have to answer old charges in Texas. (US PRESSWIRE)

After his second arrest in three days, former No. 2 draft pick Ryan Leaf did not get a chance to post bond on back-to-back charges of drugs and burglary. For now, he sits in jail in Montana and waits.

And according to the Great Falls Tribune, he could be there as long as 30 days while two states (Montana and Texas) try to figure out what to do with him.

Leaf was on probation in Randall County, Tx., and the two states are trying to work through the Randall County prosecutor's desire to revoke a 10-year suspended sentence he received in 2010 after Leaf pleaded guilty to drug charges while he coached at West Texas A&M.

The reason Leaf could remain in a Montana jail for a month is to give the two states time to send paperwork back and forth. But since Montana has Leaf in custody, he'll have to resolve his charges there before he can be summoned back to Texas.

More from the paper on Leaf's latest two arrests:

Leaf was arrested Friday after a month-long investigation by the Central Montana Drug Task Force into suspicious cash-on-demand packages he allegedly received from a post office box address in Florida. A subsequent search of Leaf's residence and pickup turned up several illegal prescription pills and an empty prescription bottle belonging to an acquaintance of Leaf's who said his medication was stolen from his home, court documents state.

Authorities again arrested Leaf after receiving a report from the owners of a mobile home on Country Lane who said they saw a man inside their home. The man told the homeowners that he was at the wrong address and left. The homeowners noticed that three bottles of medication were missing after the man left the home, court documents state. The homeowners later identified Leaf from a photo lineup, though they didn't know who he was and were not aware of his Friday arrest, according to investigators.


After his first arrest last Friday and before his second arrest on Monday, Leaf released a statement that said, “I've made some mistakes, and have no excuses. I am using the tools I've learned to move forward rather than backwards, and will be open to talking about the details in the days to come. I am confident that there will be further understanding when the facts are revealed, and feel very blessed for all of the support, especially from my friends and family."

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