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Traffic stop leads to felony drug charges

Wade Gray listens during his initial appearance at Natrona County Circuit Court on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — A 40-year-old man was arrested in Natrona County Wyoming, and is facing three drug felonies, after being stopped by officers in the Town of Mills.

According to an affidavit filed by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, 40-year-old Wade Allen Gray was contacted on September 8, 2019 at approximately 8:00 pm, by officers from Mills PD.

Mills officers describe a vehicle being driven by Gray breaking several traffic laws, resulting in Mills officers pulling the vehicle over. During the course of the traffic stop, it was reported that Gray exhibited symptoms of controlled substance use.

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Gray was arrested following a Standardized Field Sobriety Test, and was searched by Mills officers. During the search, police report finding a jeweler’s bag containing suspected methamphetamine on Gray’s person.

It was then reported that Gray indicated to officers that a backpack in the trunk of the vehicle would have further controlled substances. Officers confirmed the location of the backpack and report finding a baggie of suspected marijuana, a syringe containing suspected liquid methamphetamine, and multiple used and empty syringes.

DCI agents say that Gray further admitted to having methamphetamine inside the vehicle, behind a speaker cover. Agents searched the vehicle and located three jeweler’s baggies containing suspected methamphetamine.

It is reported that the methamphetamine found on Gray’s person and in his vehicle amounted to over 13 grams. It was further said that a digital scale with suspected meth residue was also found.

The affidavit filed in the case notes that according to Gray’s criminal history, to have five drug related convictions between 1999 and 2015, making a subsequent charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance eligible for felony status.

Gray was contacted by DCI on November 5, 2019; and was recommended for the felony drug charges. He made his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court on November 6, 2019; where he was given a bond amount of $15,000 cash or surety. He remained in custody at the NCDC as of Thursday morning.

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.