Woman faces Child Endangerment charges in 2018 case

Becky Kouri (courtesy of the Natrona County Sheriffs Office)

CASPER, Wyo. — A woman is facing multiple charges including felony Controlled Substance Possession and Child Endangerment with Methamphetamine, in an incident that dates back to summer of 2018. The investigation reportedly began with a search on an unrelated case.

Becky Lynn Kouri made her initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court on Thursday. She faces two charges each of Possession of a Controlled Substance- 3rd or Subsequent Offense and Child Endangerment Methamphetamine.

Kouri was featured, recently, as a wanted person by the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office.

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According to paperwork filed in Natrona County Circuit Court, the case against Kouri began on July 5th, 2018 after police responded to an unrelated call- a report of found property at a private residence.

The reporting party claimed that firearms, which police believe were tied with Casper auto burglaries, were found under a porch of a home on Lynn Lane. A man was arrested in connection with that case.

Kouri reportedly lived at the residence as a lessee and was related to the man who was arrested.

Kouri was contacted at the home and initially denied officers a request to search the residence in relation to the burglary case, but ultimately consented to a search in writing.

During the search related to the burglary, officers report finding items of paraphernalia in plain view, that seemed to contain methamphetamine residue.

Officers halted the search and applied for a search warrant, which was granted.

During a search of the home, officers report finding a digital scale with suspected methamphetamine, a clear plastic baggie with suspected methamphetamine, and a tin with suspected meth residue.

An affidavit in the case also says that a pill bottle was found containing suspected marijuana, 2 pills of suspected Adderall and 2 pills of suspected Dextroamphetamine.

Dextroamphetamine is identified by Drugs.com as a central nervous system stimulant. “It affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. Dextroamphetamine is used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.”

Investigators note that some of the items found were in a room believed to belong to Kouri, and that the room was easily accessible by children who lived in the home.

The affidavit in the case says that Kouri had “multiple prior convictions for Possession of a Controlled Substance, including a previous conviction for felony based on 3rd or subsequent offense- as well as previous convictions for Child Endangerment- Methamphetamine.

Kouri made her initial appearance in the charges on Thursday, in front of Circuit Court Judge Michael Patchen. Kouri appeared in a jail jumpsuit and restraints.

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.