Fremont man pleads “not guilty” to fentanyl possession, delivery charges

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

(Fremont County, WY) – Fremont County man Thomas Toth, 43, pled “not guilty” to 3 felony charges and 2 misdemeanor charges at his arraignment hearing today, Tuesday, July 20th, overseen by the Honorable Judge Marvin Tyler.

Toth faces 3 enhanced penalty felony charges for possession of Fentanyl with intent to deliver (2nd or subsequent offense), delivery of Fentanyl (2nd or subsequent), and possession of methamphetamine (3rd or subsequent offense), and also faces 2 misdemeanor charges for use of a controlled substance and interference with a peace officer.

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An enhanced penalty sentence “typically means a sentence which is increased by a prior conviction or the serious nature of the circumstances involved from one classification of offense to another higher level classification of offense.”

Toth is alleged to have been in possession of and having sold suspected Fentanyl to 3 individuals who overdosed at a Lander residence on June 9th, 2021. While at the scene, Toth and his girlfriend each reportedly gave responding Lander Police Officers a false last name, and both were alleged to have used methamphetamine that same day.

After responding to another overdose involving 1 of the 3 individuals the next day on June 10th, Officers then reportedly later surveilled and followed Toth and his girlfriend to a Riverton business.

When officers made contact with Toth after conducting a traffic stop, they discovered suspected methamphetamine on both parties, and Toth allegedly admitted to selling “9 of the suspected Fentanyl pills,” to the overdosing individual.

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At his June 16th, preliminary hearing, sufficient probable cause was found to move Toth’s case to District Court, where an arraignment hearing was set for July 6th, then moved to July 20th.

After pleading “not guilty” to all 5 charges at this hearing, a jury trial was decided upon, with a date to be determined.

The enhanced penalty Fentanyl possession/delivery felony charges hold a maximum sentence of 40 years imprisonment and a $50,000 fine for each count, and the enhanced penalty methamphetamine felony charge, holds a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment and a $5,000 fine.

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The controlled substance misdemeanor charge holds a maximum penalty of 6 months imprisonment and a $750 fine, and the interference with a peace officer misdemeanor charge holds a maximum penalty of 1 year imprisonment and a $1,000 fine.

County 10 will provide more updates on the case as they become available, which can be found here.

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