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Cheyenne man sentenced to 22.5 years on methamphetamine-related charges

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CASPER, Wyo. — A Cheyenne resident has been sentenced to serve 22.5 years in federal prison after he “was found guilty of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and for carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.”

Jonathon Ray Swan was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl on Nov. 1, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Wyoming says.

Cheyenne law enforcement stopped Swan’s vehicle at the intersection of I-25 and I-80 because they say his temporary registration was unreadable.

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“A Cheyenne K9 Officer and his canine partner were also present at the time of the traffic stop,” the release adds. “During the course of the traffic stop, the certified canine conducted a free air sniff around the exterior of the vehicle and indicated to the odor of an illegal narcotic.”

Law enforcement searched the vehicle and seized about 2.1 pounds of methamphetamine and also located a Charter Arms, .38 special revolver.

“In addition, officers located three digital scales and packaging materials consistent with the sale and delivery of controlled substances,” the release adds. “Jonathon Swan was the sole occupant of the vehicle.”

Once he finishes his prison sentence, Swan will serve 60 months of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $500 in community restitution and a $200 special assessment.

“’This case is an example of what we can accomplish when federal and local law enforcement work together to target drug trafficking activity.  The Defendant’s conviction helps stem the flow of illegal drugs into our communities and has removed a potentially violent offender from our streets,’ stated United States Attorney Mark A. Klaassen.”

The release says this case is a part of “Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces” investigation efforts. Agencies involved include:

  • Cheyenne Police Department
  • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation

“The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply,” the release concludes.