Couple arrested after drugs found during home check, accused of Child Endangerment

Amanda Stevens Brandt Cross (courtesy of the Casper Police Department)

CASPER, Wyo. — A home inspection by the Wyoming Department of Probation and Parole and Casper Police Department has led to the arrest of a couple on recommended drug related charges.

Amanda Lynn Stevens and Brandt Michael Cross were arrested on April 19, 2019 from a private residence near the intersection of East 15th and South Wilson Streets.

Stevens faces recommended charges including Interference with a Police Officer and Child Endangerment with Methamphetamine.

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Cross faces recommended charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Child Endangerment with Methamphetamine, and Interference with a Police Officer.

It is also noted in an affidavit filed in the case, that Cross is wanted on a warrant from Converse County that also includes Delivery of Methamphetamine and Child Endangerment.

Police officers say that they and agents with Probation and Parole responded to Stevens’ private residence for a P & P home inspection.

Police also note that it was suspected that Cross was staying at the residence, and had a reputation for fleeing from law enforcement.

Officers report that they were greeted at the door of the home by a man that would eventually be identified as Cross. It is alleged that Cross gave investigators a false name upon initial contact.

At the time of police contact, it is reported that the male was taking care of a juvenile inside the home.

Stevens was reportedly not at home, at the time of officers arrival. Over the course of investigation, the affidavit says that investigators were unable to confirm the identity initially given to them by Cross.

Cross claimed to have no identification and called Stevens to verify the incorrect identity.

Police allege that Stevens spoke with them on the phone and verified the false identity for Cross. It is further noted that the false name was not on an approved list of people who could be in the home.

Cross’s actual identity was confirmed by officers after comparing the suspect with a previous booking photo. Cross was subsequently arrested.

The affidavit says that Cross admitted to officers that he was currently using methamphetamine and that he had pipes inside the home, in a bedroom closet. It is also reported that Cross said that he had smoked methamphetamine both in Stevens’ vehicle and inside the home, but not when the juvenile was inside the house.

Police report finding 4 glass pipes and three tooter straws all containing suspected methamphetamine residue.

Also found were scales with suspected methamphetamine residue and a water pipe with suspected methamphetamine residue.

Stevens returned to the home after Cross was taken into custody and spoke with police and agents.

Stevens said that she was in a dating relationship with Cross and that he didn’t live at the home, but spent between 3 and 5 nights a week at the residence and kept some belongings there.

Stevens told officers that she thought Cross had cleared up his warrants, and knew that he had previously been in jail for methamphetamine.

Cross also told officers that she knew Cross to use methamphetamine currently.

Stevens denied knowing that there was paraphernalia in her home, and said she was unaware that Cross had smoked meth in her vehicle.

Stevens denied using methamphetamine, herself.

The affidavit also notes that Stevens told officers that she had lied about Cross’s identity because he was not on her approved list and she did not want him to get in trouble.

Stevens was arrested and transported to the Natrona County Detention Center.

The juvenile that had been at the home when police arrived was place in safe custody.

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.