Ex-NFL QB Busted for Burglary and Possession

By Valerie Tejeda 04/02/12

Former San Diego Charger Ryan Leaf has had previous trouble with the law for a prescription drug problem.

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Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf—who had spells with teams including the San Diego Chargers and the Dallas Cowboyswas arrested on Friday in his hometown of Great Falls, Montana on burglary and drug possession charges. After a month-long investigation, police believe that 35-year-old Leaf was breaking into an acquaintance's home to steal prescription pain medication, and may have broken into other homes, too. "We do have some information that this may not be an isolated incident," says Central Montana Drug Force Commander Chris Hickman. Leaf was also found with two bottles of oxycodone, for which he didn't have a prescription. Back in 2008, he was accused of burglarizing a player's home while working as a quarterbacks coach for Division II West Texas A&M. Investigators then found that he'd secured around 1,000 pain pills from local pharmacies in an eight-month span, which got him 10 years' probation. Leaf released a statement saying: "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." If his probation is revoked, he could face a prison sentence of up to 20 years.

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