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Details released in K9 assisted drug arrests

Eric Bennett Bills and Michelle Kaye Reynolds (courtesy of the Casper Police Department)

CASPER, Wyo. — Details have been released surrounding the arrest of two Colorado individuals, after a Casper Police K9 search of the suspect’s vehicle found suspected methamphetamine and paraphernalia.

Michelle Kay Reynolds, age 41, and Eric Bennett Bills, age 42, were arrested during the nighttime hours of January 6, 2020.

Bills faces charges of Controlled Substance Possession, Driving While Under Suspension, Driving Without Insurance. Reynolds faces charges of Methamphetamine Possession, Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent to Deliver.

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Police say that they were on patrol the night of January 6, 2020; when they observed a vehicle with Colorado registration leave a business at the corner of 15th and CY Avenue, and continue into the parking lot of a closed fast food restaurant nearby.

Officers say the vehicle stopped in the rear of the fast food restaurant, and parked for 2-to-3 minutes, before leaving the parking lot, and allegedly made a lane usage violation when entering the street.

Police report attempting to initiate a stop, south of the intersection of Poplar and Collins. An affidavit filed in Natrona County Circuit Court says that despite officers having overhead lights on, the vicle continued on South Poplar, turning west on Collins, at a slow rate of speed, before stopping in a vacant lot.

Officers contacted two occupants of the vehicle, identifying Bills as the driver, and Reynolds as a passenger.

Casper PD K9 “Blu” was summoned to the scene, a short time later. Officials say, after conducting a free air sniff of the vehicle, K9 Blu indicated the presence of a controlled substance inside.

A search of the vehicle revealed numerous drug paraphernalia items, including a glass bong for suspected meth use, under the driver’s seat. The affidavit also says that a purse, believed to belong to Reynolds, was also searched and was found to contain plastic baggies, a digital scale with suspected meth residue, and baggies containing “significant quantities” of methamphetamine.

Officers also report obtaining a search warrant for a hotel room believed to have been rented by the suspects. The search yeilded additional suspected controlled substances and paraphernalia.

A Casper Police Department statement issued on January 7, said that in all, 2.3 ounces of suspected methamphetamine were recovered.

Both suspects were arrested and transported to the Natrona County Detention Center.

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. Information is provided by the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office. 

K9 Blu is seen in a contributed photo. (Courtesy Casper Police Department)