By Conrad Dudderar
A Yukon felon faces 17 years in prison and $152,000 in fines after investigators discovered a small illegal marijuana grow house, along with illicit narcotics and a stolen credit card, inside his home.
Brandon Austin Leeper, 33, was charged Aug. 10 in Canadian County District Court with cultivation of controlled substance, identity theft, unlawful possession of controlled dangerous substance, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Assistant District Attorney Austin T. Murray filed the formal charges after Canadian County sheriff’s investigators and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) personnel on Aug. 2 served a search warrant at a house in the 12300 block of Newgate Drive.
Leeper was growing six cannabis plants at his home without a medical marijuana license, according to court documents.
The defendant is accused of having methamphetamine and heroin in his possession and control, along with items used by drug abusers – glass pipes, water bongs and aluminum foil.
He also allegedly had obtained an Oklahoma City woman’s credit card information without her consent intending to use the card to “obtain credit, goods or service” in the victim’s name.
Two other Yukon residents who were inside Leeper’s home when the drug bust occurred face misdemeanor charges in connection with the case.
Briana Renea Gallant, 36, and Anthony Douglas Tuttle, 29, were both charged Aug. 10 with unlawful possession of controlled dangerous substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
All three defendants were booked Aug. 2 into the Canadian County Jail in El Reno.
A preliminary hearing conference for Leeper is set Sept. 1 before Special Judge Khristian K. Strubhar.
OOPS, MISSING SOMETHING …
Canadian County sheriff’s and DEA investigators served a “knock and announce” authorized warrant about 11:46 a.m. Aug. 2 at the Newgate Drive home. Law enforcement personnel reportedly observed two small cameras on the porch.
Allegations against Leeper are detailed in a probable cause affidavit signed by sheriff’s investigator Michael Bondurant.
“In the northwest bedroom of the home was a small marijuana grow house,” according to the affidavit. “It contained six medium sized marijuana plants. There was artificial light set up and they were contained in a small tent and looked very healthy.
“Brandon stated that he did not possess an OMMA (Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority) medical marijuana card.”
Since nobody else in the home had an OMMA card, investigators determined it was an “illegal grow operation.”
Things only got worse for Leeper when investigators went to the living room and found “numerous glass pipes and glass water bongs with visible residue,” the court affidavit indicates.
“There were also numerous used empty plastic baggies and new unused plastic baggies. There (were) small new squares of aluminum foil and used burnt foil all laying on the living room coffee table.”
Glass pipes tested positive for meth, a piece of foil tested positive for heroin and a baggie tested positive for cocaine inside the house, according to Bondurant’s affidavit.
Investigators allegedly found a stolen credit card “along with a notebook with handwritten credit card numbers from numerous people that had expiration dates and the CCV codes written next to the numbers.”
If convicted, defendant Leeper faces:
- Count one – cultivation of controlled substance (felony): Maximum 10 years in state prison and a maximum $50,000 fine.
- Count two – identity theft/unlawfully obtaining personal identifying information: One to five years in prison and/or maximum $100,000 fine.
- Count three – unlawful possession of controlled dangerous substance: Maximum one year in prison and maximum $1,000 fine.
- Count four – unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia: Maximum one year in prison and/or maximum $1,000 fine.
The defendant’s sentence could be increased because of previous felony convictions in Oklahoma and Custer counties for possession of controlled substance, eluding a police officer, second-degree burglary, and possession of stolen property.
Leeper served about 4-1/2 years in state prison during separate stints between July 2013 and April 2019, Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ records show.