Two Californians Arrested in Lander; Facing 8 Counts of Drugs, Property Damage, and Theft in District Court
(Lander, Wyo.) – Judge Robert Denhardt has transferred Pablo Lorenzo Peralta of California, to District Court following a preliminary hearing. Prosecutors are pursuing felony charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine and Heroin, Felony Possession of Methamphetamine and Heroin, Possession of Marijuana and Psilocybin Mushrooms, Theft, and Property Destruction.
Peralta is facing 8 separate charges after an arrest was made at Lander’s Pronghorn Lodge on June 15.
A housekeeper working at The Pronghorn knocked on the door to the room that was occupied by Peralta and a Female named Nancy Ruiz-Roque. Peralta answered the door and said that the two would be out of the room by checkout time, but then asked the housekeeper where he could get a gun immediately.
The housekeeper noted the strange behavior and returned to the room around 2 hours after checkout time had passed and knocked on the door. Peralta answered the door and told the housekeeper that he needed a gun and he needed help, inviting her inside of the room.
The housekeeper entered the room and noticed the severe damage that had been done to the room. Roque was sitting on the bed, appearing confused while Peralta bent down and began pulling up on a torn up area of carpeting, stating: “Come on, help me! We have to get this body out of here!” The housekeeper quickly exited the room and notified the property owner, who then notified Lander Police Department.
When police arrived they noticed that the bed had been flipped over, the wooden headboard ripped off the wall, the wooden trim ripped off the wall, the floor’s carpet and padding were ripped up and trash and property were strewn about the room.
Peralta identified himself to officers as “Jesus Ortiz” and Roque as “Annabell Gonzales.” After a brief walkthrough of the room, officers observed Marijuana sitting on the counter by the sink, prompting officers to execute a search warrant. Both Peralta and Roque reported to police that they flipped the bed after they heard a noise coming from under the bed and proceeded to rip up the carpet due to a foul odor. Peralta told officers that he would have gone further, but was stopped by the concrete.
Officers located 5 plastic bags containing Heroin that weighed a total of 321.7 grams with packaging, 2 packages of Methamphetamine weighing approximately 20.5 grams with packaging, 6.1 grams of cannabis oil, 28 grams of THC lollipops (with packaging), 23 grams of Marijuana (with packaging), 2.3 grams of Psilocybin Mushrooms, and one glass pipe containing a white substance which appeared to be methamphetamine.
Officers also located 3 digital scales, 50 SD cards, three thumb drives, six cell phones, a Titan .25 Caliber Handgun and a black airsoft BB pistol with no orange or colored safety cap on the barrel. Peralta and Roque were also in possession of multiple driver’s licenses, identification cards, and social security cards for other people.
Inside the trunk of the vehicle used by Peralta and Roque, officers found a wheelchair and a napkin dispenser bearing the name of Lander Regional Hospital.
Peralta later admitted that the Marijuana was his and that he may have ingested some “shrooms.” Peralta continued to identify himself as “Jesus Ortiz,” until officers verified his identity via a Passport that was seized from the room in which the two were staying.
Roque denied ownership of everything except a bag and jacket found in the room, claiming the Marijuana belonged to Peralta. Roque admitted to using the “Anabell Gonzales” ID to check into the motel but claimed that she didn’t know where it came from.
Both Roque and Peralta admitted to stealing the wheelchair.
Damage done to the room by the Roque and Peralta is estimated at $4,940.00.
Roque has also been transferred to District Court after waiving her preliminary hearing to face 8 separate charges of Accessory Before the Fact to Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin and Methamphetamine, Accessory Before the Fact to Felony Possession of Heroin and Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana and Psilocybin Mushrooms, Aiding & Abetting Property Destruction, and Theft.