Woman faces additional charge in drug case

Tauna Macias (courtesy of the Casper Police Department)

CASPER, Wyo. — A woman who was arrested in Casper in May and faced multiple drug related charges in a Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation case, has had another charge added.

During an initial appearance on the charge, in Natrona County Circuit Court Thursday, an attorney representing Tauna Macias said that the new charge stemmed from the same investigation she had been previously charged in.

Macias heard a charge of Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine, a felony, during the appearance on June 6, 2019. Macais wore a jail jumpsuit and restraints, when she made appeared before Circuit Court Judge Michael Patchen.

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Macias was arrested during the afternoon hours of May 9, 2019. She was handed charges of Delivery of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine in a Felony Weight, and Possession of a Controlled Substance on a Third or Subsequent Offense; during a hearing on May 10.

An affidavit filed in the case says that the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation’s Central Enforcement Team began an investigation into Macias in April.

Agents say that a criminal informant had told them that Macias was selling methamphetamine.

During early April, agents say that it was arranged for the criminal informant to make a controlled purchase of methamphetamine from Macias.

The buy was completed under the supervision of the Central Enforcement Team, where the criminal informant said that they had purchased approximately 5 grams of methamphetamine for $300.

Macias was arrested on May 9, following an unrelated alleged incident where she was charged with multiple traffic violations.

Macias was handed two bond amounts for the felony drug charges and the traffic charges. For Careless Driving, No Insurance, and Expired Registration, Macias received a bond amount of $500 cash or surety. For Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Felony Possession, and Possession in a 3rd or Subsequent Offense, Macias was handed a bond of $20,000 cash or surety.

The addition of the Conspiracy charge on June 6 also saw a change to the bond amount. Judge Patchen handed Macais an amount of $2,500 cash or surety, to run concurrently with bond already set in the felony case.