Man Charged With 5 Felonies Including Child Endangerment

(Gillette, Wyo.) At approximately 10:30 AM yesterday, June 27th, Gillette police officers noticed a suspicious man lurking outside Powder River Transportation facility on US Highway 14-16. The man showed obvious signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance while he was talking on his phone outside of his Nevada-registered, 1986 Chevrolet Suburban.

Officers made contact when the male reentered the Suburban and saw that the man had 2 children, a boy and a girl, with him in the vehicle. The man was subjected to a standard field sobriety test by the officers and, following a poor performance, was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

While conducting the arrest, officers noticed an uncapped hypodermic needle lying on the driver side floorboard. The suspect consented to a search of his vehicle and a police K-9 was utilized, which indicated that there was a controlled substance within the vehicle.

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According to Lt. Deaton, officers located a schedule II pill identified as hydrocodone, two meth pipes that contained crystal residue, less than a gram of marijuana, and a small amount of liquid inside another hypodermic needle that, when field tested, resulted positive for heroin. Also found in the vehicle was what officers suspected to be a Psilocybin Mushroom. The possible psychedelic mushroom was sent in to the lab for confirmation.

The boy, 10, and the girl, 5, had been left alone in the vehicle with the dangerous substances whilst the man had stepped outside to talk on his phone and, Deaton reasoned, would have had easy access to any of the drugs within the vehicle. The children were taken into protective custody and currently reside with the Department of Family Services.

The 31-year-old male was charged with two counts of felony child endangerment, felony possession of a controlled substance (schedule I, II, III substances), felony possession of methamphetamine, felony possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription, and misdemeanor possession of a Schedule V substance. The man was further charged for driving without a license, and for driving under the influence of a controlled substance.