A Casper man who was arrested over the weekend is facing an additional charge. Paperwork provided by the Natrona County Circuit Court tied 39-year-old Robert Johnson with a significant methamphetamine related bust on September 6th.
Johnson was arrested on September 15th, after police say that they had found him in possession of methamphetamine, during a police stop on July 29th.
During the July incident, Casper Police officers describe, in an arrest affidavit, that Johnson had been pulled over for an observed traffic violation, and was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and used syringes.
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Johnson was later booked into the Natrona County Detention Center on a recommended charge of felony-level Possession of a Controlled Substance.
However, when Johnson made his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court, before Judge Michael Patchen, on Monday September 17th, he also faced an additional charge of Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance.
During his initial hearing, where Johnson appeared in jail clothing and shackles, he acknowledged to the court that he was not to talk about the facts in the case, but did describe the charges against him as “a straight up witch hunt.”
Initial hearings for felonies usually only involve the reading of charges and the setting of bond. Facts in the case are not typically discussed.
The delivery charge comes from a Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigations case, that recently resulted in the arrest of eight individuals.
According to an arrest affidavit in Circuit Court, DCI says that known informants told agents that Johnson was involved in the procuring and sale of methamphetamine. Agents received a warrant for and also searched a Facebook account, believed to belong to Johnson, that yielded several messages that agents say was indicative of selling controlled substances.
DCI agents say that Johnson was working with other individuals in the same network. Some of whom were arrested in the major bust on September 6th.
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Johnson made news in October of 2017, when he and two others were arrested on recommended charges of Possession of Methamphetamine.
Johnson was given a $10,000 cash or surety bond during his initial appearance, Monday, September 17th.
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.