Large quantity of meth recovered after serious crash in May; Driver faces felony drug charges

(Shoshoni, Wyo.) – Following a serious crash in early May, the Wyoming Highway Patrol discovered more than 20 grams of methamphetamine in one of the vehicles. The driver of a Toyota Rav4 with Idaho plates collided with a semi-truck on May 7 just north of Shoshoni on Highway 20.

Roark Leon Fairchild, 49, has been charged with Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver. If convicted of both charges, Fairchild faces a maximum combined penalty of 27 years in prison and/or up to $40,000 in fines.

According to the affidavit filed in the case, WHP Trooper Henry reportedly observed several items related to controlled substance distribution along with small jewelers baggies with a powdery residue inside while firefighters were extricating Fairchild. That residue tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine.

After Fairchild was extricated, loose cash and baggies containing a “crystal rock substance” that tested presumptive positive for meth were found. In an additional search of the vehicle, a handgun, digital scale and baggies were located. A total weight of the methamphetamine found in the vehicle was 20.7 grams, according to the affidavit.

Bond information and a photo were not readily available.

3 Comments

  1. Grady Profane

    20.7 grams isn't a large quantity, even though County 10 would like you to think it is. If you can keister it, it isn't that big.

  2. Larry Huelle

    Micheal Bennett will let him off or just give him probation more than likely.

  3. Mike Snyder

    I smell a plea deal coming soon.

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