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Three arrested, recommended for drug charges

Joseph Janzen Charles Bown Felicia Midkiff (courtesy of the Casper Police Department)

CASPER, Wyo. — Casper Police officials say that three suspects were arrested during the early morning hours of January 24, 2020; and were recommended for felony drug charges.

26-year old Jospeh Janzen, 23-year-old Felicia Midkiff, and 25-year-old Charles Bowen were reportedly contacted by police just before 1:00 am, Friday morning, and were arrested a short time later.

Midkiff was booked into the Natrona County Detention Center on recommended charges of Being Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance and Controlled Substance Possession. Janzen was recommended for charges including Interference with a Police Officer, Methamphetamine Possession, and Controlled Substance Possession. Bowen was booked on charges of Meth Possession and Controlled Substance Possession.

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Police say they contacted the three suspects attempting to gain entry to a garage on West 1st Street in Casper, at approximately 12:48 am, Friday. Police say that the three claimed to live at the residence, but then informed officers that they did not. Police were later told the trio was waiting on a friend who wouldn’t answer their phone.

Officers contacted the resident of the home, who confirmed that three suspects had not been trying to break in.

During the police contact, however, officers say that Janzen originally gave officers an incorrect name. After giving the alias, police said that Janzen then supplied officers with two different Social Security numbers.

Police report that a syringe was found on Janzen’s person, and Janzen confirmed his actual identity with police just before being taken into custody. Police report that Janzen is on probation for Posession of Forged Writings.

An affidavit filed in Natrona County Circuit Court says that Janzen also admitted to officers that the syringe found on his person would test positive for controlled substances. Police also reported finding multiple items of marijuana and methamphetamine paraphernalia in a backpack, believed to belong to Janzen.

Midkiff was also identified as a client of Probation and Parole, and reportedly exhibited physical symptoms of controlled substance use, while speaking with officers. Court papers say that Midkiff eventually told officers that she had used methamphetamine the day before. She also told officers that two bottles found among her belongings were intended to be used to transport urine to pass a urinalysis.

Officers report that a subsequent search of Midkiff’s belongings yeilded a tinfoil tab that contained suspected LSD.

The affidavit also describes Bowen as exhibiting physical symptoms of controlled substance use, and a search of his person is reported to have found jeweler’s baggies with methamphetamine residue, two methamphetamine pipes, and a small cellophane bindle of suspected marijuana.

Bowen was also identified as a client of Probation and Parole.

All three 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.