News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 4, 2007

California Felon Arrested by DEA For Marijuana Distribution
Charged with possession with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms
worth at least $350,000 on the street

OCT 4 -- (Louisville, KY) - Daniel Leeper, age 39, of 4336 Iowa Street, San Diego, California, was arrested yesterday and charged in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Louisville with knowingly and intentionally possessing with intent to distribute, and distributing, more than 100 kilograms of marijuana, U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today.

According to the affidavit of a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Leeper was observed on September 13th by DEA agents in Louisville distributing marijuana to Hector Ontiveros and Roberto Flores, both of 7821 N. 37th Street, Richland, Michigan. DEA agents from Louisville, Indianapolis, and Grand Rapids, Michigan worked together to keep Ontiveros and Flores under constant surveillance as they traveled from Louisville to their residence in Michigan, after which the agents obtained a search warrant and seized approximately 80 kilograms of marijuana, together with packaging materials and other drug paraphernalia. Leeper, who has a previous felony conviction for bank robbery in California, was arrested in Louisville on October 3rd and a subsequent search of his place of lodging at 6508 Keeling Place Road, Louisville, Kentucky, resulted in the seizure of approximately 70 kilograms of marijuana, packaging materials, digital scales, and an electronic money counter, among other items of drug paraphernalia. Marijuana has a street value of approximately $100 - $150 per ounce, or approximately $3,500 - $5,300 per kilogram.

United States Attorney David L. Huber praised the agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration for their effective investigative of these very serious offenses.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Larry Fentress, and it was investigated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

In the event of a conviction, the maximum potential penalties are 40 years imprisonment, a $2,000,000 fine, and supervised release for a period of at least four years; and the minimum potential penalties are five years imprisonment, a $2,000,000 fine, and supervised release for a period of at least four years.

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