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Originally published April 4, 2012 at 6:18 PM | Page modified April 4, 2012 at 9:16 PM

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Ryan Leaf remains in Montana jail

Ryan Leaf, facing seven criminal charges in his hometown of Great Falls, Mont., is being held without bond so Montana authorities can collect reports of his alleged crimes and provide those to authorities in Randall County, Texas, where Leaf received a suspended jail sentence from a drug case two years ago.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Ryan Leaf remains jailed in his hometown, and he might remain there for up to 30 days without being released on bond.

Leaf has been in custody since he was arrested early Monday morning for his second drug-related incident in the past week. Leaf was initially placed on a 72-hour hold by the probation and parole division of the state's Department of Corrections, and that has been extended to a 30-day hold.

Dawn Handa, the regional administrator for Montana's probation and parole division, said the reason Leaf is being held without bond is so Montana authorities can collect reports of his alleged crimes and provide those to authorities in Randall County, Texas, where Leaf had a suspended jail sentence from a drug case two years ago.

Leaf, a former NFL quarterback who was a standout at Washington State, is facing seven criminal charges in Cascade County District Court — five of them felonies — from the two drug-related arrests the past week.

He also faces possible further punishment in Texas, where he is on probation after he pleaded guilty to eight drug-related charges.

And while Texas authorities indicated they have begun the process to revoke Leaf's probation, Handa's statement indicated Leaf will face charges in Montana before he returns to Texas for a probation violation.

James Farren, district attorney in Randall County, acknowledged that sequence.

"They have first dibs because they have him in custody," Farren said.

Leaf is alleged to have entered two different homes in Great Falls without permission and taken prescription medicine.

He also was found with additional pills alleged to be hydrocodone without having a valid prescription. He faces three counts of felony possession of a controlled substances, two counts of felony burglary and two counts of misdemeanor theft.

Danny O'Neil: 206-464-2364 or doneil@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @dannyoneil.

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