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Warrant Investigation Leads to Two Drug Related Arrests

A man and woman were arrested and booked into jail on recommended drug charges during the early morning hours of Tuesday June 20, 2017.

Mark Tuttle and Courtney Smith, Courtesy of Casper Police Dept.

A man and woman were arrested and booked into jail on recommended drug charges during the early morning hours of Tuesday June 20, 2017.

According to Casper Police Department paperwork, 26-year-old Courtney R. Smith was arrested and booked into jail on recommended charges of Controlled Substance Possession- Methamphetamine and Controlled Substance Possession Marijuana. 41-year-old Mark Tuttle was arrested on recommended charges of Probation and Parole and Controlled Substance Possession.

Smith, who claims to live in Flint Michigan, was arrested in Casper 5 months ago and booked on charges of Failure to Comply and Interference. Police reported at the time that Smith had initially given officers an incorrect identity.

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The contact with Smith on Tuesday began when officers say that they observed a suspect vehicle parked in an alley near 10th and Melrose in Casper. Officers had been advised of a warrant suspect driving a similar vehicle.

According to an arrest affidavit, police say that when they approached the vehicle, Smith exited the passenger side and attempted to enter a nearby shed. Officers also observed Tuttle sleeping in the driver’s seat.

Initially, officers report that Smith denied the man in the drivers seat was Tuttle. Officers were ultimately able to confirm the man’s identity as Tuttle and confirm an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Reports say that Smith also denied the presence of any controlled substances in the car, however a K9 sniff and subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a metal pipe and glass pipe containing suspected marijuana residue. Officers also found several unused syringes in a backpack belonging to Smith, and one used syringe containing a substance that would later test presumptive positive for methamphetamine.

During the vehicle search, police say that Tuttle began yelling from the back of a patrol vehicle, attempting to claim ownership of all the items found.

Tuttle was booked into jail on a recommended charge of Controlled Substance Possession- Marijuana, and a recommended Hold For Probation and Parole.

Smith was booked under charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance- Methamphetamine, and Possession of a Controlled Substance- Marijuana.

All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.