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Two arrested after search of hotel room yields 199 grams of meth

Kailynn D Moore and Joseph A Hooker (courtesy of Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation via the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office)

CASPER, Wyo. —  Two people are facing felony drug charges after officials alleged that the pair were found in possession of a large amount of methamphetamine.

Documents released by the Natrona County Circuit Court show that 19-year-old Kailynn Deann Moore and 29-year-old Joseph A Hooker were arrested following a contact with Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation at a Natrona County hotel on December 6, 2020.

Hooker faces charges of Possession of Meth in a Felony Weight, Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

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Moore faces charges of Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine.

Wyoming DCI agents write in an affidavit of probable cause that they had suspected Hooker as a source and supply of methamphetamine in Natrona County. Interviews with confidential informants as well as electronic communications obtained through warrant are cited in the affidavit as leading agents to suspect Hooker.

The confidential informants allege that Hooker obtained methamphetamine in Cheyenne, Wyoming and Colorado on multiple occasions; and travelled there frequently from Casper.

According to the affidavit, DCI agents were able to obtain a warrant for GPS information from Hookers phone, showing that the phone travelled Southbound on US Interstate 25, entering Cheyenne and Colorado on January 5, 2020. It was then indicated that the phone returned to the Casper area the following day.

Hooker was contacted at an Evansville hotel by DCI agents, who were conducting a surveillance of the property, searching for the suspect.

Agents say that a search of Hooker’s person found a hotel key card that was for a hotel room being rented under Moore’s name. The Agents then made contact with Moore near the room, and Moore was said to have let agents inside. It was then reported that Moore was found to have an outstanding warrant from Washakie County, Wyoming for Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances.

During the contact, Moore told agents that she had a syringe on her person. Agents report that Moore was searched and the syringe was seized.

The affidavit goes on to say that agents searched the room and reported locating approximately half-a-gram of suspected methamphetamine in a plastic lid on the counter of the hotel room’s bathroom. Next to the lid agents report finding a “rock” of methamphetamine that weight approximately 1.5 grams.

In addition, four baggies containing approximately 199.9 grams of suspected methamphetamine were also located among items in the hotel room, along with two handguns and multiple boxes and magazines of ammunition.

Hooker reportedly denied recently using or possessing any controlled substances, but later told agents that he had used methamphetamine several days prior, but denied being involved in the distribution of meth.

Agents also asked Hooker his whereabouts on December 5, which Hooker initially advised that he had been home, and drove to the hotel from his residence on December 6. After being confronted with the GPS data from his telephone, agents say that Hooker advised that he had travelled to the Cheyenne and Greeley areas with Moore.

Hooker also reportedly denied ownership of the firearms found in the hotel room.

Both suspects were transported to the Natrona County Detention Center and were booked into jail without further reported incident.

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.