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Traffic stop leads to felony drug arrest

Dennis Troy Howard, (courtesy of the Casper Police Department)

CASPER, Wyo. —  A search, following a traffic stop in Casper, resulted in the arrest of a suspect on recommended felony drug possession charges; officials with the Casper Police Department say.

An affidavit filed in the case says that 39-year-old Dennis Troy Howard was arrested and transported to the Natrona County Detention Center, and was booked on charges of Open Container in a Vehicle, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Methamphetamine.

Officers note that Howard has had four previous convictions for drug possession from Colorado and Utah, dating back to 1998. As a result, arresting officers recommended Howard for felony level possession for both drugs.

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Officers reportedly stopped Howard in a vehicle just before Midnight on August 14, 2019. Police say that they stopped the vehicle after they observed the it fail to come to a complete stop at a stop sign.

The affidavit says that officers “attempted to position [their] vehicle to make a traffic stop on Howard; Howard immediately pulled over.”

Police go on to explain, that upon stopping on the 2100 block of South Coffman, a man, later identified as Howard, left the vehicle and approached a private home.

Officers say that they contacted Howard outside of the vehicle, who is quoted in the affidavit as claiming that he was at the private home to see a friend that he identified as “Jake from State Farm.”

Police say that Howard could not supply a last name for “Jake.”

The affidavit goes on to say that officers also observed an open and mostly full bottle of Black Velvet whiskey in the center console of the vehicle. While seizing the whiskey, officers say that the smell of marijuana was detected inside the car.

Howard claimed to have only taken a sip from the bottle, and told police that he had smoked marijuana approximately one hour prior to being stopped.

Officers note that the area where Howard was contacted was searched, as well as the inside of Howard’s vehicle. Police report finding a bag of approximately 6.7 grams of marijuana, a glass pipe with suspected marijuana residue, a syringe with suspected methamphetamine, and less than one gram of THC wax.

Howard was subsequently 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.