Now jailed in a Montana cell, former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf is in hot water (again) because of an apparent addiction to prescription drugs like hydrocodone. In fact, Leaf has gone as far as breaking into other peoples' homes to get the pills, leading to not only charges for illegal possession of prescription drugs, but felony burglary charges.
As Danny O'Neil reports for the Seattle Times, Leaf pleaded guilty to eight drug charges in Texas two years ago. He got a suspended jail sentence in return for probation - and his recent missteps in Montana are a violation of his Texas probation.
But Texas authorities recognize that Montana authorities are in charge. "They have first dibs because they have him in custody," said the Texas prosecutor, meaning that Leaf will have to face the seven drug-related criminal charges leveled at him in Montana before being returned to Texas for the violation of probation.
In Texas, illegal possession of prescription drugs can easily escalate to felony-level charges, depending on the circumstances. In Leaf's case, his apparent addiction to hydrocodone has caused him to commit some serious mistakes, including burglary, which heightens the potential consequences if he is convicted of the charges.