A 38-year-old Casper man was charged with two felony counts Wednesday for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and allegedly taking a controlled substance into a jail on January 19, according to charging documents.
The charges stem from a transaction at the Maverick Gas Station when a Natrona County Sheriff’s deputy was exiting the store after a purchase. The deputy observed Joshua Case at the checkout counter making a transaction.
“The deputy exited the Maverik gas station and checked Case for any warrants on his in truck mobile data computer in the Spillman software. The deputy saw Case was flagged with an active City of Casper criminal warrant for his arrest,” the preliminary investigation report states. “The deputy contacted the Casper Public Safety Communications Center (PSCC) and asked them to confirm the warrant issued for Case. PSCC told the deputy the City of Casper warrant was confirmed. The Deputy contacted Case outside of the gas station and informed [him] he had a warrant issued for his arrest through the City of Casper and arrested Case for his warrant.”
At approximately 11:38 p.m., on January 18, the deputy placed Case under arrest and asked him if “he had any items that would cut or poke him. Case replied he did have a knife on his person as well as methamphetamine, marijuana, and some pipes,” according to the investigation report.
The deputy searched the man and located a black zippered pouch in his left cargo pocket. In the pouch, the deputy found a “clear glass pipe in the shape of a skull, a metal pipe made from several pneumatic air tool fittings, several metal roach clips, an electric THC smoking device, rolling papers, a rolled cigarette containing a green leafy substance, and a clear plastic wrapper folded several times. The deputy found two clear crystals inside the wrapper believed to be methamphetamine,” according to court documents.
Case was transported to the Natrona County Detention Center, where he was searched in the intake area by a sheriff’s deputy who discovered “a small clear Ziploc bag in the zippered left front pocket of Case’s shorts. Inside the bag were several clear shards and one clear rock suspected to be methamphetamine.”
The suspected methamphetamine was tested with a Narcotics Identification Kit (NIK), which showed a presumptive positive for methamphetamine. The suspected narcotics were then weighed, showing a total of 0.4 grams before being logged into evidence.
Case was officially charged with felony possession of a controlled substance for a third or subsequent offense. The maximum penalty for that offense carries with it a sentence of not more than five years in jail, a fine not to exceed $5,000, or both. In addition, Case was charged with a felony of taking a controlled substance into a jail. The second felony charge carries with it a maximum sentence of not more than three years in jail, a fine not to exceed $3,000, or both.
Case was also charged with methamphetamine possession charges in 2021 and 2020.
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.