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Woman recommended for charges including Child Endangerment, Meth Possession

Elaine Garris (courtesy of the Casper Police Department)

CASPER, Wyo. — Casper police officers say that a woman who called, reporting finding drugs, waited for a significant period of time before calling officers, and was arrested and booked on charges including Child Endangerment and Methamphetamine Possession.

33-year-old Elaine K. Garris was arrested just after 4:30 pm, on November 6, 2019, on the 6400 block of Little Moon Trail.

Casper Police Department records show that officers responded just before 1:00 pm, Wednesday, for a report of drugs at a private home. Garris, who was identified as the caller, said that she had found drugs in the home.

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An affidavit in the case says that officers met with Garris at the private home, where she directed them to an envelope on top of a toilet cabinet. The envelope had a hand -written message on it, that Garris admitted was hers. Inside the envelope, officers describing finding capsules filled with suspected methamphetamine, a glass pipe, and a plastic straw.

Garris said that another adult occupant of the home had brought over the bag of pill capsules, containing methamphetamine, and said that it was for Garris, because she had asked for it. Garris said that she did not think she had asked for the drug, but told police she may have while intoxicated.

Police say that Garris admitted that she and the other adult had smoked methamphetamine in the garage of the home, while juvenile residents were out of the house.

After that date, Garris said that she found the drugs in different places in a bathroom cabinet, over several days. She further told officers that she had found shards of methamphetamine on the bathroom floor, at one time. It was reported that juvenile residents were at the home while the methamphetamine was in the bathroom cabinet, and when the shards were reportedly discovered on the floor.

Garris admitted to police that she had smoked some of the methamphetamine in the bathroom of the home.

Police say that texts messages were also found, between Garris and the other adult that indicated that both of them were aware of the drugs in the home.

The affidavit notes that Garris admitted that she should have called police immediately when the drugs were brought into the home, but said that she did not contact officers until a week and a half later, because she said she feared the other adult in the home.

Arrangements were made for the juvenile residents of the home to be put into safe custody.

Garris was arrested and transported to the Natrona County Detention Center. Police do report that Garris indicated to them where some drug paraphernalia could be found, before being transported to the detention center. Officers confirmed the location and reportedly found suspected marijuana paraphernalia.

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.