Woman faces multiple drug charges following traffic arrest

Tauna Macias (courtesy of the Casper Police Department)

CASPER, Wyo. — A Casper woman was arrested during the afternoon hours of May 9, 2019. According to law enforcement records, the suspect faces multiple drug related charges.

37-year-old Tauna Macias made her initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court in front of Judge Michael Patchen, Friday afternoon.

During the hearing Macias heard the charges against her, including Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Felony Weight, and Felony 3rd Time Possession of a Controlled Substance.

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During the open court proceedings representatives of the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office said that Macias had been found with a felony weight of methamphetamine.

The drug charges against Macias are being handled by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, and details surrounding those charges were not available at press time.

However, the suspect also faces multiple charges from an arrest with the Casper Police Department, including Driving Under Suspension, Careless Driving, Driving Without Insurance, and Driving With an Expired Registration.

Casper Police say that they made contact with the suspect just before 4:30 pm, May 9. Officers report they were in the are of L and Park Streets in Casper on an unrelated matter, when they observed a 2003 Cadillac Escalade rev its engine and accelerate at a high rate of speed, eastbound on L Street, towards officers and civilians.

Officers estimated the speed of the Escalade at approximately 40 miles per hour, having accelerated in a short distance.

Police stepped into the roadway and flagged the vehicle down. Officers say that the vehicle stopped abruptly.

The driver, identified as Macias, was contacted by police. Over the course of investigation, an affidavit filed in the case says that Macias was found to have a suspended driver’s license, and the vehicle had expired registration.

It is also alleged that Macias was unable to supply officers with valid proof of insurance.

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