Orcas man charged with possession of methamphetamine

Nathan J. Leyba of Eastound has been charged by with violation of the uniformed controlled substances act and possession of methamphetamine.

According to the San Juan County Deputy’s report, Leyba, 31, was spotted standing at the storage building in the back of Island Market on Feb. 21, 2016 at 12:30 a.m. The deputy didn’t recognize him as an employee of the business so he stopped to investigate. Leyba began to walk away but returned when the deputy called out to him. Leyba said that he was “getting a cigar out of the ash bin.”

Upon stating his name, the deputy realized that Leyba had two active warrants out for his arrest. After confirming with dispatch, he arrested Leyba. After searching his pockets, the deputy discovered a hypodermic needle, two empty plastic baggies and a baggie containing a hard, white substance, which tested positive for methamphetamine.

Leyba’s address listed with the judicial system is in Eugene, Ore. In Oregon, he has been convicted of burglary in the first degree; unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; possession of methamphetamine; assault in the fourth degree and two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Leyba has been convicted of the following felonies in San Juan County: escape from community custody; possession of methamphetamine; possession of stolen property and two counts of identity theft.