A West Monroe man whose record of dealing drugs in the parish extends to the 1980s pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute last month as part of a plea agreement.
Mark Edward Leehy, 52, of West Monroe, is expected to be sentenced in January on the meth dealing offense for which he was arrested in June.
At the time of his arrest, more than 55 grams of meth and some two ounces of marijuana were found in his possession.
Leehy entered his guilty plea during an Oct. 23 hearing at the Ouachita Parish Courthouse. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Fourth Judicial District Attorney Steve Tew’s office agreed to drop the charge of possession of marijuana.
“We’re not charging him with marijuana,” said Assistant District Attorney Fred McGaha.
Since 2015, Leehy has received a few years of probation at most for other drug dealing offenses, as previously reported by The Ouachita Citizen. Leehy’s brother, Scott Leehy, is chief judge at Fourth Judicial District Court.
Retired Judge Rae Swent, of Alexandria, presided over last month’s hearing. She was appointed to preside over the case in a state Supreme Court order signed by Justice Marcus Clark.
Swent said the court would accept Leehy’s guilty plea and asked Leehy’s attorney, Amado Leija, of Monroe, and McGaha to review the pre-sentencing investigation report once it was completed.
Leehy’s arrest stemmed from an investigation by the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, which conducted surveillance of Leehy’s activities for about a month before his arrest. Through a cooperating witness, the Sheriff’s Office learned Leehy was “supplying large amounts of methamphetamine” to Ouachita Parish.
“In a subsequent interview, (the cooperating witness) stated he is the mid-level drug dealer,” stated sheriff’s deputy Megan Russell’s search warrant. “(The cooperating witness) stated his source of supply is Mark Leehy. (The cooperating witness) stated Leehy has a source of supply somewhere in Richland Parish. (The cooperating witness) stated Leehy goes to Rayville every night or every other night to purchase anywhere from 4 to 8 oz of methamphetamine and brings it back to Ouachita Parish for redistribution.”
During questioning, Leehy told Ouachita Parish Metro Narcotics Unit agents he had just returned from Rayville where he bought five ounces of meth for $2,100.
Leehy also volunteered to assist the Metro Narcotics Unit.
He detailed the contents of a drug ledger found on his person and provided authorities with the names and phone numbers for his “methamphetamine wholesale distributors,” according to court records.
A review of Leehy’s criminal record reveals drug charges from as recently as this year as well as drug charges in the 1980s. In 1984, he was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.
In 1989, Leehy was arrested for possession of marijuana and methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, conspiracy to distribute marijuana, and conspiracy to distribute meth among other charges, according to court records.