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More Details in Record Meth Bust

Unsealed indictments reveal more information in an ongoing drug case out of Casper, WY. The arrest of 36 people in a methamphetamine ring in Casper came as a bit of a shock. The group is said to have moved 10 to 12 pounds of the drug weekly – enough for two doses for every man, woman and child in the city.

Details are still emerging, but the gang operated out of Wyoming and supplied neighboring states. Eighteen of those indicted are still at large. When the bust went down, in two separate houses, police seized a pound and a half of methamphetamine and some marijuana. The charge of possession with intent to deliver for methamphetamine carries up to a 20 year sentence in Wyoming.

Apparently, the drug gang was shipping product as far away as Iowa and Washington State. Wyoming’s central location may have made it an attractive place to set up operations. Charges filed so far do not detail where the drug was manufactured, but recent changes in Wyoming legislation making cold medicines more restricted might mean the drug was made elsewhere and shipped in. HB062, recently modified Wyoming drug laws and put greater controls on cold products containing precursors needed in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

The scale of the operation is the amazing part. The 54 people sought by police are only in the Wyoming portion of the case.

Each success by law enforcement seems like a win, but it seems like they keep coming. It is almost if cutting off one branch of the tree, even a large branch like this, just allows another part to grow. Meth is so powerful the demand never seems to lessen. And willing suppliers are quick to take advantage of the market. Perhaps we can look forward to the day when months, or even a year will pass without any significant arrests at all. When that happens, we’ll be closer to winning the war instead of another battle.


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