Two face felony charges after K9 indicates drugs during traffic stop

James Shiner and Christopher Benson (courtesy of the Casper Police Department)

CASPER, Wyo. —  Two Casper men have been charged with two felonies each, following a traffic stop and subsequent search that Casper Police say yielded controlled substances.

47-year-old James Patrick Shiner and 50-year-old Christopher Neal Benson were arrested just after 4:00 pm, May 15, 2020.

Shiner faces charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Xanax. Both are charged as third or subsequent charges at the felony level.

Benson faces charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana. These were charged as felony level subsequent charges, as well.

Paperwork filed in Natrona County Circuit Court say that Shiner and Benson were contacted by the Casper PD, after officers reported the vehicle turning into the incorrect lane. The passenger car was stopped near the area of 13th and Jefferson Streets in Casper.

Police say that Benson, the driver, was identified as being on probation in the state of Wyoming. Agents with Wyoming Probation and Parole reported to officers that Benson was suspected of consuming controlled substances in violation of his probation. A K9 unit responded to the scene and Casper PD K9 Kevin conducted a free air sniff of the vehicle. Officers report that K9 Kevin indicated controlled substances in the car.

Among the items found in the car, police say the found a small tin with suspected marijuana inside, a hypodermic syringe containing 2/10 gram of suspected liquid methampheatmine.

A search of Shiner’s person is said to have yielded a jeweler’s bag with approximately 1/2 gram of suspected methamphetamine and over $600 in cash.

Among Shiner’s belongings officers report finding assorted Xanax pills, a digital scale, a jewelers bag with one gram of suspected meth, a pipe and funnel containing suspected meth residue.

Police indicate that Benson had five prior convictions for Possession of Controlled Substances, and that Shiner had at least three prior convictions.

Both individuals were transported to the Natrona County Detention Center without further reported incident.

At an initial appearance on May 18, 2020 where Shiner received a bond amount of $10,000 cash or surety, and Benson was given a bond amount of $5,000 cash or surety.

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.