(Lander, Wyo.) – The Lander Police Department last night arrested four individuals, and cited a fifth, in connection to the alleged discovery of drug activity at a home with a number of young children.
LPD issued a statement about the incident, but declined to release any names due to an on-going investigation. The names that follow were obtained at the suspects’ initial appearances in Lander’s Ninth District Circuit Court this morning: Derek Chavez, 31, of Riverton, Fremont County Warrant and Child Endangering; Robert Moore, 37, of Lander, Possession of Marijuana and Child Endangering; Bruce Gearin, 54, Lander, Possession of Marijuana; and Mary Moore, 25, Lander, felony Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Controlled Substance. A fifth person, a 27-year-old Riverton woman was also cited for child endangering. Mary Moore and Robert Moore are reportedly siblings.
“Last night at approximately 10:15 p.m. an officer with the Lander Police Department was on routine patrol when he observed a 17-year-old juvenile male walking in the 1200 block of Main Street not wearing any shoes and limping,” states the LPD release. “The officer stopped to speak with the juvenile, and the juvenile advised he had walked approximately 5 miles with no shoes on.”
Efforts to contact the boy’s parents were reportedly unsuccessful, and the officer gave the boy a ride to a home in the area of the 900 block of Washakie Street.
“When dropping the juvenile off, the officer wanted to make contact with the father, which when the door to the residence was opened a strong odor of marijuana was present,” the LPD statement continues. “When the officer confronted the father about the strong odor, the father admitted to smoking marijuana in the residence along with several other subjects in the residence. At that time, the officer noticed three other adults in the residence along with four juvenile children ranging in age from 2 years old to 10 years old.”
It was noted by Mary Moore in this morning’s court hearing that she was not in the room where people were smoking, and that she lived above the others. Judge Robert Denhardt advised her to remain silent.
Mary Moore’s bond was set at $10,000 cash because of the felony amount of methamphetamine she was alleged to have in her possession. LPD reports that 4.5 grams were located; the felony amount is 3 grams.
The other individuals’ bonds were set in the $250 to $500 range as they were all misdemeanors.
Denhardt made a brief statement about the case, saying that anyone who has small children and uses drugs doesn’t care about their children.
Additional information will be reported as it comes available.