All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
(Riverton, WY) – 48-year-old Charles Caines faces a felony methamphetamine possession charge, after a September 10th incident where he allegedly “knowingly or intentionally possessed methamphetamine in powder or crystalline from in an amount greater than three (3) grams.”
Caines was stopped by a Riverton Police Department (RPD) officer after it was noticed that his vehicle was swerving and crossing the lane of travel. During the stop a K-9 unit was eventually utilized, and it was discovered that Caines had two bags of suspected methamphetamine in his possession.
Caines waived his preliminary hearing, and the case will now move on to District Court, with an arraignment date to be determined.
On the morning of September 10th, an RPD officer reportedly observed a vehicle that had begun to swerve, with both the front and rear tires crossing the lane of travel for “approximately three (3) seconds.”
A traffic stop was conducted, during which Caines was reportedly observed “to move erratically,” while leaning over over the middle console, and looking “up and down as he drove.”
This lead the officer to believe Caines was “hiding something under the driver’s seat or in the middle console.”
When contact was made Caines after he stopped, the officer noticed him “to be nervous and to be breathe heavily.”
A Standard Field Sobriety Test was then conducted, at which point it was concluded that Caines was not impaired.
A K-9 unit was eventually called in to administer a “free air sniff,” where officers were then alerted to the presence of narcotics near the driver’s door.
After searching the vehicle, “two (2) zip lock jeweler’s bags with a red heart design” were located underneath the driver’s seat.
The bags reportedly contained a “crystal like substance” that later tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine, using a TruNarc testing kit.
The bags were also weighed, with one bag and its contents coming in at 7.5 grams, and 2.4 grams for the other.
A Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation agent also made contact with and interviewed Caines, who reportedly “admitted that the suspected methamphetamine was his, and that he purchased it in the Riverton area.”
Caines arraignment date has yet to be set.
The maximum penalty for a felony possession of methamphetamine charge is seven years imprisonment and $15,000 fine.
County 10 will provide more information on the case as it progresses, which can be found here.