BREAKING: DCI arrests at least 13 in meth distribution ring in Casper and Riverton
(Casper, Wyo.) – Division of Criminal Investigation and assisting agencies in Natrona County and Casper made 13 arrests in the drug trafficking and distribution ring that was apart of a statewide effort Thursday.
Chad D Erickson, John L Faulkner, Kaleb T Gallegos, Amanda L Gill, Beverly K Hicks, Joesph S McNaughton, Joe V Montoya, Preston P Montoya, Teresa M Porter, Bradley E Shepherd, Sunny L Sisneros and Elizabeth M Stultz were all brought before Circuit Court on the charges of Conspiracy to Deliver Controlled Substances – Methamphetamine. The felony charges could bring a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
Additional arrests have been made in Fremont County. More information regarding details and arrests will be published as it becomes available.
Erickson, 36, of Casper is charged with conspiracy to deliver controlled substances which could carry a sentence of 20 years, but due to Erickson’s previous convictions and criminal history. Erickson could face up to 40 years in prison as the charges are eligible for escalation.
Erickson is currently on parole. Bond was set for $75,000 cash or surety.
Faulkner, 41, of Casper has also been charged with, conspiracy to deliver controlled substances, like the other individuals appearing before Circuit Court today. Faulkner is also facing four additional charges, as all the additional charges have had three previous convictions, each additional charge will be a felony.
Bond for Faulkner is set for $100,000 cash or surety.
Gallegos, 19, of Casper, charged with conspiracy to deliver controlled substance. Has an “extensive” misdemeanor history according to Assistant District Attorney Randall Carnahan. 13 failure to appears in his history, bond set at $50,000 cash or surety.
Gill, 23, of Mills, is charged with conspiracy to deliver controlled substance. Currently eligible for a sentence enhancement, could carry a 40 year sentence if found guilty. Bond set at $50,000.
Hicks, 53, of Casper, charged with conspiracy to deliver controlled substance. Bond was set at $7,500 cash or surety.
McNaughton, 35, of Casper, charged with conspiracy to deliver controlled substances. McNaughton has been out of prison for six months after serving time for possession of forged documents.
Bond was lowered from the state recommended $25,000 to $15,000 cash or surety.
Miller, 35, of Casper, mother of two,, charged with conspiracy to deliver controlled substance. Bond was lowered from the state recommended $10,000 to $7,500.
Joe Montoya, 40, of Riverton, has lived in Casper for eight years, but currently resides in Riverton. Charged with conspiracy to deliver controlled substance which could carry 20 years in prison. Joe has prior convictions in Nevada, California and Wyoming.
Bond was lowered from the state recommended $50,000 to $40,000.
Preston Montoya, 38, of Casper, has been charged with conspiracy to deliver controlled substance and an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance – marijuana. Preston has multiple priors from four states, including California, Pennsylvania and Nevada.
“I don’t know why bringing up things from 20 years ago has bearing on this case,” said Preston.
Bond was set for $100,000 cash or surety.