Brothers arrested on drug charges at home in northeast Columbia

Friday, September 14, 2012 | 8:15 p.m. CDT; updated 10:43 p.m. CDT, Saturday, September 15, 2012

COLUMBIA — Two suspects were arrested on drug charges Friday at their home in northeast Columbia.

Ryan C. Leer and Michael P. Leer, brothers, were arrested on suspicion of:

  • drug distribution, delivery, manufacture and production of a controlled substance
  • drug use and possession of drug paraphernalia

The arrests took place after narcotics officers used a search warrant to enter the suspects' home, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

While searching the home, officers found marijuana, hashish, psilocybin mushrooms and clonazepam, a prescription drug used to treat epilepsy.

The search was part of an on-going criminal investigation, Public Information Officer Latisha Stroer said.

Ryan Leer is serving probation for pleading guilty to a 2010 incident of driving while intoxicated. He was also charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia for which he was fined $400. 

Supervising editor is Emilie Stigliani.

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