Authorities were searching his home as part of an investigation into funds missing from the Legion headquarters.
EL RENO — A former American Legion official has been charged with methamphetamine possession after the illegal drug was found during a search of his home.
David Austin Kellerman, 43, is facing a felony drug count and a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia count.
State and federal authorities searched his house in Mustang Tuesday morning and arrested Kellerman after finding baggies of crystal methamphetamine and a glass pipe. He was charged in Canadian County District Court.
Kellerman has been under investigation for months because hundreds of thousands of dollars are missing from the American Legion operations in Oklahoma.
Investigators Tuesday were looking for evidence of embezzlement, knowingly concealing stolen property, fraud, money laundering, illegal gambling and drug offenses, according to court records on the search.
“Kellerman admitted the baggies with crystal methamphetamine and glass pipe were his,” a U.S. Homeland Security Department special agent, Eric Coburn, reported in the arrest affidavit.
Kellerman was the state adjutant from September 2003 to December 2011, court records show. The paid position has been described as similar to a chief executive officer of a company.
He remained active in the Legion in 2012 and 2013, serving as an assistant to his successors.
No one has been charged yet over the missing funds.
National officials of the American Legion voted to take over the Oklahoma operations in March because of the missing money. The national officials ousted or fired all the state Legion officials.
National officials have estimated the financial losses in Oklahoma could be as much as $500,000 to $1 million.
Kellerman already faces a felony charge over missing rifles.
He was charged in January with taking ceremonial World War I and World War II rifles from Legion posts and selling them.
Kellerman is on probation for a 2012 marijuana offense. His attorney in 2012 said he is a veteran being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder.
His current attorney, Scott Adams, declined Wednesday to comment about the newest charge.