CASPER, Wyo. — Casper Police officials are saying that three people were arrested, and two of the three were recommended for felony drug charges, after a K9 unit helped officers find suspected methamphetamine during a traffic stop.
Police have identified Christopher Krogh, age 31, as being arrested on one recommended felony charge of Possession of Methamphetamine, one recommended felony charge of Possession of Marijuana, one recommended misdemeanor charge of Driving with a Suspended License, one misdemeanor recommended charge of driving while Under the Influence as well as an active misdemeanor warrant.
Casper Police say that at around 2:00 am, Tuesday morning, June 16, officers observed a vehicle that was reportedly driving erratically.
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A statement from the Casper Police Department says that further investigation indicated that the vehicle’s registration belonged to an individual with an expired license.
“For these reasons officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of North Grant and East C Street,” the CPD statement said.”During the stop, officers observed three occupants in the vehicle, some of which appeared to be under the influence of controlled substances.”
Casper Police K9 Jopie reportedly responded to the scene and conducted a free air sniff, alerting officers to the presence of a suspected controlled substance.
During a search of the vehicle, officers report finding several drug paraphernalia items along with approximately 4.9 grams of suspected methamphetamine.
“Two of the three individuals told officers they had bought and used methamphetamine hours prior,” Casper Police said in a Tuesday statement. “As a certified Drug Recognition Expert, the officer on scene was able to evaluate two of the individuals who appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance.”
Ultimately, all three individuals were arrested without incident. In addition to the charges recommended for Krogh, one suspect was arrested in regard to an active misdemeanor warrant and one in regard to felony possession of Methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of Marijuana.
The Tuesday statement did not identify the other two suspects in the case, however jail records indicate that Sheila Grass, age 27, and Nicholas Giangiacomo, age 33, were arrested approximately at the same time as Krogh.
Grass was recommended for charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Controlled Substance, Giancomo was booked for a warrant; according to the jail records. Grass, Giancano and Krogh were the only three listed bookings for the Natrona County Detention Center after 2:00 am, and before 8:30 am.
“The Casper Police Department is committed to removing impaired drivers from our roadways,” CPD says. “With the usage of our highly trained and certified Drug Recognition Expert officers and highly trained drug recognition K9s, CPD is able to quickly and effectively evaluate situations and ensure that these individuals who choose to so irresponsibly put the rest of the community at risk are held accountable.”