Woman faces felony charge after allegedly bringing meth into jail

Makayla Lynn Helms- Pickett (courtesy of the Casper Police Department)

CASPER, Wyo. — A Casper woman faces a recommended felony charge, after it was alleged that she brought a suspected controlled substance in the the Natrona County Detention Center during an arrest.

Casper police say that 24-year-old Makayla Lynn Helms- Pickett was arrested during the morning hours of May 16, 2019. She faces recommended charges of Driving While Under the Influence, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and a recommended felony charge of Bringing Contraband Into a Jail.

Officers with the CPD say that at approximately 9:30 am, Thursday, they received a REDDI report on a black Yukon in the 1000 block of West 11th Street in Casper.

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REDDI is a law enforcement program that encourages people to Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately.

It was further reported that the driver of the Yukon was acting strangely, and was parked near a private residence.

Police report arriving on scene and making contact with Helms-Pickett, who was reported to be walking towards officers from the parked Yukon.

Officers also made contact with a person in the Yukon’s driver’s seat.

The person in the driver’s seat claimed that the vehicle had run out of gas and was parked there, for that reason. They further said that they did not have a driver’s license and that Helms-Pickett had been driving the vehicle previous to the police contact.

Witnesses at the scene report that the Yukon pulled up to the neighborhood, and that Helms-Pickett had approached people at private residence asking for a nearby gas station. The witnesses say that Helms-Pickett was behaving strangely.

An affidavit filed in the case says that officers conducted a field sobriety test on Helms-Pickett and ultimately arrested her for Driving Under the Influence.

It’s then reported that the suspect was taken to the Natrona County Detention Center, and a subsequent search found that she had a baggie of suspected methamphetamine on her person.

Helms was then booked into the jail and the felony charge of Bringing Contraband Into a Jail  was recommended at the time of booking.

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.