CASPER, Wyo. — A man who was flown from the scene of a head-on collision on a Wyoming Highway, was arrested after being discharged from the hospital and faces charges in a suspected drug conspiracy.
Agents with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation say that 40-year-old Michael Wayne Barney was arrested after being discharged from the Wyoming Medical Center on January 23, 2020.
During an initial appearance on Friday, Barney was charged with Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine, a felony. Persons found guilty of Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine could face imprisonment for not more than 20 years, a fine of not more than $25,000, or both.
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An affidavit filed by Wyoming DCI says that agents were contacted on January 23, 2020 and were notified that Barney had been traveling southbound on Wyoming Highway 287, and collided with another vehicle head-on. Agents identified Barney as being part of an ongoing DCI investigation that began in the fall of 2019.
Wyoming Highway Patrol officials told DCI agents that while Barney was being loaded onto a Life Flight helicopter, he was alleged to have thrown a bag of suspected marijuana from his person.
Troopers also reported finding items of paraphernalia inside Barney’s vehicle; including digital scales, syringes, and packaging. It was also reported that approximately 40 grams of suspected methamphetamine were found, as well as an undisclosed amount of marijuana.
Upon arriving in Casper, at the Wyoming Medical Center, medical personnel advised law enforcement that Barney had approximately $2,500 in cash on his person.
Agents with DCI cite multiple informants, as well as online communications obtained by search warrant, in their belief that Barney was a source for methamphetamine within Natrona County.
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.