CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Court documents say that a woman who is currently incarcerated at the Laramie County Detention Center now faces felony drug charges after a search of her cell uncovered a bag that contained suspected cocaine.
Nicole Montano made her initial court appearance on the new charges February 7th, 2020. She is charged with Possession of Cocaine and a misdemeanor charge of Taking Contraband into Correctional Institution.
A sheriff’s department affidavit alleges that during the course of a search of Montano’s cell, deputies located a sandwich bag that contained a white powdery substance that authorities suspect to be methamphetamine.
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Montano reportedly told the deputies that the suspected substance was epsom salt that had been given to her from the medical staff. The total weight of the powdery substance was approximately 41 grams.
According to Wyoming state statutes an individual convicted of Possession of Cocaine can face up 7 years in prison and/or a fine that could be as high as $15,000.
Montano is being held at the Laramie County Detention Center and awaits trial for unrelated charges of Aggravated Assault, Reckless Driving and Fleeing to Elude in a case that reportedly occurred near Cheyenne in April of 2019.
Montano’s trial is scheduled to be begin on February 18th, 2020.
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 Laramie County District Attorney’s Office.