(Shoshoni, Wyo.) – A 55-year-old woman is facing up to 15 years in prison after the Wyoming Highway Patrol caught her in possession of marijuana, methamphetamine and prescription medications.
Shirley Rode has been charged with three counts of felony possession of a controlled substance. Generally, possession of small amounts are charged as misdemeanors. However, if Rode is convicted this would be her third possession conviction, therefore raising the penalty of the charges. The state alleges that Rode has a 1990 possession conviction from Weston County and a 2007 conviction out of Hot Springs County. So, each charge could be punishable by five years in prison and/or $5,000 in fines.
Rode is being held in the Fremont County Detention Center on a $75,000 cash only bond. Her arraignment, where she’ll enter a plea, is set for July 31.
According to the affidavit filed in the case, Rode was pulled over on US Highway 20 north of Shoshoni for a taillight violation on June 10. A second trooper arrived with a K9 unit to do an exterior sniff of the vehicle. After the dog alerted to the presence of a controlled substance odor, a complete search of the vehicle was conducted.
Five syringes were found, which Rode reportedly said had been used to shoot methamphetamine. “Also located were two spoons with a white crystalline powder on them, which Trooper Deckert recognized through his training and experience as methamphetamine and the Defendant identified as methamphetamine, cotton filters, a small amount of marijuana, which Trooper Deckert recognized through his training and experience as marijuana and the Defendant identified as marijuana, a marijuana pipe and grinder,” the affidavit states. Also reportedly found in the vehicle were six pills of generic-brand Valium. Rone told law enforcement that all of the drugs were hers, not her passenger’s.