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Four arrested, two face felony drug charges after theft investigation

Tasha Meacham and Samuel Vick (courtesy of the Casper Police Dept)

CASPER, Wyo. —  Four people were arrested after officers responded to the 1100 block of Cedar for a reported theft and disturbance. Two of the suspects were booked on recommended charges including Felony Methamphetamine Possession.

According to Casper Police Department records, 41-year-old Tasha Meacham and 47-year-old Samuel Vick, both of Casper were arrested following the incident.

Meacham faces recommended felony charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Controlled Substance. 

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Vick faces a recommended felony charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Both Meacham and Vick are noted to have had previous drug related arrests on their record, which made them eligible for the recommended felony charges.

A third person, identified in a police affidavit as Tashina Morgan, was also reportedly arrested, following the incident, on a District Court Bench Warrant.

A fourth suspect, identified as Austin Carson, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of Interference.

Charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance are eligible for felony status, following a third or subsequent offense.

Officers say that they responded to the 1100 block of Cedar for a reported disturbance and theft on July 28, 2019. Police note that several people at the residence appeared to be under the influence of controlled substances. An affidavit reports that some of the people at the home could not remember events from earlier in the day.

Police returned to the home on June 29, to conduct a follow up on the disturbance call, and investigate the theft. Police say they initially observed Morgan, who was said to have left the property after seeing officers.

Despite officers attempts to stop Morgan and subsequent attempt to follow her, she was not immediately found.

Police also spoke with a male, identified as Carson, who denied knowing who Morgan was, but told officers that he was a friend of the residents of the home.

Police made contact with Meacham who was reportedly asleep inside the home. While speaking with officers about the theft from the night before, police say that they observed a jeweler’s baggie with suspected methamphetamine lying near Meacham.

After speaking with officers, Meacham admitted to using methamphetamine in the home the previous day, and said that Vick had also been at the home earlier in the day. Meacham denied knowledge of the jeweler’s baggie.

Police say that a search of Meacham’s belongings yielded used syringes and a spoon with suspected drug residue.

An affidavit in the case reports officers conducted a preliminary search of the rest of the home, which officers described as having no lights and being very dark. The search yielded multiple pipes, tooters, and “dozens” of used syringes. 

During the investigation, officers again spoke with Carson who was reported to say that he had misidentified the woman from when police arrived, and said that the woman had been Morgan. He later told officers that Morgan was in a dating relationship with him, and he did not want her to go to jail.

Morgan was said to have returned to the area, and both she and Carson were arrested and transported to the Natrona County Detention Center.

Officers say that they located Vick in the immediate area of the home. An arrest affidavit reports that Vick told officers, he knew they were at his home and he was afraid of getting into trouble.

Vick admitted to using controlled substances inside the home, on the previous day, and further was reported to have told officers that he knew other people were also using inside the home.

The affidavits filed in the case show that Vick had six prior convictions for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Meacham had five prior convictions for Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Both Vick and Meacham were arrested and transported to the Natrona County Detention Center without further reported incident.

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.