(File Photo; Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Two suspects are facing felony charges in a Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation drug case after it was alleged that over 3 ounces of suspected methamphetamine were found in the suspects’ vehicle.

Documents filed in Natrona County Circuit Court allege that the suspects had been part of an ongoing investigation into a drug trafficking organization in Natrona County. Interviews with confidential sources in the case date back to June 2021.

All of the charges in the case represent felonies. 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.

An affidavit of probable cause filed in Circuit Court identifies one of the suspects as Jordan Thomas Suess. During an October 26 hearing, Suess was charged with Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, and Possession of Methamphetamine in a felony weight.

The second suspect, identified as Nickaya Allen Rael, was charged at her own October 26 hearing with Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine and Possession of a Controlled Substance on a Third or Subsequent Offense.

Agents with Wyoming DCI cite multiple interviews with confidential sources, Facebook messages, and anonymous reports indicating that Suess was involved in the sale of Methamphetamine in Natrona County.

Court documents show that agents were granted an electronic tracking device search warrant by a Circuit Court Judge, allowing investigators to install a tracking device on a vehicle associated with Suess. On October 25 DCI reports that the vehicle was observed travelling I-25 southbound into Colorado and Denver.

It is further reported that troopers with the Wyoming Highway Patrol stopped the suspect vehicle near mile post 177 of I-25 on October 26. Rael was identified as the driver of the vehicle at the time of the stop; Suess was a passenger.

A search warrant was executed on the vehicle and agents reported finding paraphernalia and contraband, including three bags of suspected methamphetamine weighing approximately 3.3 ounces.

During an interview, agents say that Suess admitted to travelling to Denver to obtain methamphetamine for personal use and for another individual to bring back to the Casper area. He further told agents that he knew Rael to sell small amounts of methamphetamine.

Rael denied knowing anything about the methamphetamine found in the vehicle and claimed that she had slept during the trip to Denver. Agents say that Rael did admit to ownership of approximately 13.8 grams of marijuana that was found in the vehicle.

During their October 26 hearings, bond was set for both suspects in the case. Rael received a bond amount of $20,000 cash or surety and Suess was given a bond of $25,000 cash or surety.

The suspects are expected to be scheduled for a Preliminary Hearing at a later date to see if the charges against them will be bound over to District Court.