All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
(Riverton, WY) – 27-year-old Riverton resident Levi Chancellor faces an enhanced penalty felony charge for possession of methamphetamine (third or subsequent), as well as an interference with peace officer misdemeanor charge, for a reported incident occurring on or around October 10th.
The charge is an enhanced penalty due to prior convicted incidents, both involving possession of controlled substances, occurring on March 5th 2014 and November 3rd, 2015.
Chancellor faces these charges after he was reported to have been found with marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop was conducted. Chancellor is also reported have become combative while being detained, resulting in the use of a taser.
Sufficient probable cause was found Chancellor’s preliminary hearing, and the case has now moved to District Court, with an arraignment date set for November 18th.
At approximately 3:00 AM on October 10th, a Riverton Police Department (RPD) officer was informed of two male subjects walking on the bike path who matched the description of individuals involved in an earlier residential trespassing incident.
Dispatch advised that the two males had gotten into a vehicle, which RPD later conducted a traffic stop on due to no license plate lamp.
During the stop, the two males were observed in the backseat of the vehicle, shoes covered in mud, and holding backpacks.
One of the males, later identified as Chancellor, was also reported to have been “sweating profusely,” which combined with the muddy shoes led the officer to believe he had possibly been recently running through a yard.
Chancellor reportedly initially refused to provide his name or get out of the vehicle when ordered to do so, and was eventually told he was being placed under arrest for interference for not providing his name. He finally exited and stated his name.
Chancellor then allegedly pulled away from officers became combative, resisting as they attempted to regain control by forcing him to the ground “into face down stabilization,” and ultimately resulting in an officer delivering “a drive stun with his taser.”
Inventory was later conducted on the backpack at the station where officers reportedly located a syringe, a green piece of glass with white a powdery substance inside, and suspected THC wax in a small plastic container.
Both the methamphetamine powder and the THC were later tested presumptive positive.
Chancellor’s arraignment date has been set for November 18th.
The maximum penalty for an enhanced penalty possession of methamphetamine (third or subsequent) charge is five years imprisonment and a $5,000 fine.
The maximum penalty for an interference with a peace officer misdemeanor charge is one year imprisonment and $1,000 fine.
County 10 will provide more information on the case as it becomes available, which can be viewed here.