Woman arrested after police find drugs, during response to reported burglary

(Shannon Lee Carrington, courtesy of the Casper Police Department)

A Casper woman was arrested and booked on recommended charges, including Controlled substance Possession and Child Endangering, after police said they found methamphetamine and marijuana, during another investigation.

According to a Casper Police Department affidavit, Shannon Lee Carrington was arrested during the early morning hours of November 8th, after reporting a burglary in progress at a private home on the 500 block of North Elk Street.

Police say they responded to the area just after4:15 am, Thursday morning. Dispatch had received a report of a burglary in progress.

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Police say that they made contact with the reporting party, later identified as Carrington) at a neighbor’s home, who was known to Carrington.

Carrington advised that two known males had entered the home, waking her up. She further alleged that the two individuals were brandishing an Airsoft pistol. An affidavit in the case says that Carrington described that one male stated that he was there to “get his stuff.”

Carrington said that she asked the men to leave, collected a juvenile that lived in the home, and fled the residence to a neighbor’s house.

The affidavit says that Carrington had allowed one of the males to stay at the residence for approximately two weeks, but had kicked the man out due to drug use.

During an initial sweep of the home, Casper Police report finding several uncapped syringes on a bedroom floor, two jewelry baggies containing suspected methamphetamine residue, and a glass pipe with suspected marijuana residue.

When questioned about the items found by police, Carrington is reported to have told officers that she had cleaned the room where the man had been staying, but was unsure of any property he may have left. Carrington denied any knowledge of the controlled substances.

Police note in the affidavit that they asked how Carrington had cleaned the room, but missed the items discovered by police. Carrington continued to deny any methamphetamine use or knowledge, but admitted the marijuana pipe belonged to her.

Police also noted that the marijuana pipe was found in the same file cabinet drawer as the baggies with suspected methamphetamine residue, as well as personal documents belonging to Carrington.

Carrington is noted in the affidavit to have told officers that she believed the man had broken into her home to “set her up.”

The affidavit also notes that during the investigation, officers learned that the man had only left a few days prior. Due to the man having lived at the residence, oil ice say that “him entering to collect his belongings was a civil matter, not criminal.”

A search warrant was obtained and the home was searched and officers say they collected items including the used syringes, the baggies with suspected meth residue, two pipes with suspected marijuana residue, a broken pipe with suspected meth residue, and a used syringe containing a small amount os suspected methamphetamine residue.

Police say that all of the items located were accessible to a minor who lived in the home.

Carrington faces recommended charges including Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Child Endangering with Methamphetamine.

She was transported to the Natrona County Detention Center without further reported incident.

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.