Man arrested in May shooting now faces recommended drug charges

Mathew Ray Nietert (courtesy of the Casper Police Department)

CASPER, Wyo. — A Casper man arrested last month, along with four juveniles, in a drive by shooting incident is now facing added drug related charges.

According to Casper Police Department Paperwork, 25-year-old Mathew Ray Nietert is facing recommended charges of Conspiring to Deliver a Controlled Substance, Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, and Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance on a 3rd or Subsequent Offense.

During an investigation into a a May 19, 2019 shooting incident, Neitert was arrested and recommended for charges including Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Assault, Possess a Deadly Weapon With Unlawful Intent, Property Damage Over $1,000, and Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property.

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Neitert and four others, identified as juveniles were arrested in the May 19th case. It was alleged that the adult and four juveniles drove by a home on the 400 block of Indian Paintbrush, and shot at a private residence.

Nobody was inside the home at the time of the incident, according to an affidavit filed in the case, police believe the shooting was the culmination of a long standing argument that began on Facebook.

Police say that while investigating the shooting, one of the juveniles was found to be in possession of a baggie of white powdery substance, that the juvenile initially said was baking powder. Officers report that the juvenile eventually told them that the substance was “yay,” which police describe as a slang term for the drug cocaine.

The juvenile alleged that they had been given the cocaine by Neitert, with the intention that the juvenile would sell the drug. The juvenile said that they intended to sell the cocaine, but had not found a buyer.

The juvenile claimed that they had begun purchasing marijuana from Nietert in late 2018, explaining that they had purchased marijuana on an estimated 12 occasions between then and the day of the shooting.

During an interview with police, an affidavit says that Nietert spoke of the shooting, but when asked about the cocaine found on the juvenile, he denied supplying the drug.

A search was conducted of Nietert’s home, and police report finding approximately one half of an ounce of marijuana, scales, pipes, and packaging materials. 

Police also report finding several text messages and telephone communications that they believe refer to the coordination, pricing, and sales of controlled substances.

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.