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Child endangerment investigation cited in arrest of another suspect on felony charges

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CASPER, Wyo. —  Two suspects are facing felony charges in investigations involving the drug methamphetamine. One suspect has been bound over to District Court, another is awaiting a preliminary hearing in Circuit Court.

A female suspect is facing a felony charge of Child Endangerment With Methamphetamine and a misdemeanor charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance; following a traffic stop in the community of Mills on February 20, 2021.

Affidavits of probable cause filed in Natrona County cite that the arrest and investigation of the female suspect, as being relevant in the arrest of a male suspect, in a separate case, on April 12, 2021. The male suspect has been charged with one felony count each of Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance, and two charges of Possession of Methamphetamine in a Felony Weight.

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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. 

Mills Police say that on Feb. 20, officers observed a truck that was allegedly travelling approximately 64 mph, in a posted 55 mph area of Wyoming 257, near Robertson Road. An affidavit filed in the case says that Mills officers pulled the vehicle over and made contact with the female suspect, identified as Cynthia Ann Pitt, age 47.

The affidavit goes on to say that the female suspect was shown to have an active arrest warrant at the time of the contact, and was taken into custody. A subsequent search of her vehicle was reported to yield a plastic bag of suspected methamphetamine, weighing approximately 2.7 grams with packaging.

Officers also report that a juvenile was in the vehicle at the time of the contact. The juvenile was placed in safe custody following Pitt’s arrest.

The investigation into the Feb. 20 incident is cited by Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, in an affidavit for the arrest of a 35-year-old male suspect identified as Richard K. Brown, on April 12. Agents say that investigation into Brown showed that Pitt and Brown had registered a pickup truck together, and agents believed the pair were both driving the vehicle.

Agents indicate they believe Brown sent $1,000 to $2,000 at a time to co conspirators for the purpose of purchasing methamphetamine on multiple occasions. It was also reported that 6.6 grams of suspected methamphetamine was found in the suspect’s vehicle during the April 12 contact with law enforcement.

Paperwork released by Natrona County Circuit Court says that online communications between Pitt and Brown had indicated, non-specifically, the consumption of controlled substances and indications that Brown had been travelling out of state.

The DCI affidavit goes on to say that evidence collected by agents indicated that the male suspect may be involved in the sale of controlled substances in Natrona County, and was obtaining significant amounts of methamphetamine from out of state. DCI also reports that agents observed a purchase of suspected methamphetamine, made with $700 in prerecorded state buy funds, from Brown. Agents claim that the transaction took place within Mills city limits, and that approximately 28.3 grams of suspected meth was purchased in the exchange.

It is believed that the male suspect travelled to the area of Orlando, California around April 10, which was during the course of investigation. Following this it is reported that the suspect’s truck returned to the Casper area, stopping at several places before stopping at a property on the 800 block of A Street in Casper, where agents made contact with him on April 12.

The case against Pitt has been bound over to Natrona County District Court. Brown is currently scheduled for a Circuit Court preliminary hearing this month, to see if his case will be bound over as well.

Court papers also show that Pitt was scheduled for a change of plea appearance in Natrona County District Court dealing a previous DCI case. According to the charges filed in District Court in July 2020, Pitt was charged with felony Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine, and misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance.

The 2020 charges stem from an investigation surrounding Pitt and others, where agents said that electronic communications between the female suspect and other individuals indicated the sale and distribution of controlled substances.

Wyoming DCI says they contacted Pitt and interviewed her, during which time the suspect is said to have initially denied possessing or being involved in the distribution of methamphetamine in Natrona County. However, agents allege that items of paraphernalia containing suspected methamphetamine residue were found among the suspect’s belongings.

The case was bound over to District Court on July 21, 2020 following a preliminary hearing, and had originally been scheduled for a jury trial. However, a bench warrant for Pitt’s arrest in the case was issued on October 28, 2020; with District Court Judge Daniel L. Forgey citing Failure to Comply or Violation of Bond Conditions. Court papers say that this warrant was executed during Pitt’s arrest on Feb. 20, 2021.

Pitt was scheduled for a change of plea on April 16, 2021 in District Court, however court documents indicating the disposition of the charges or the case were not available at publication time.