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Man charged in drug conspiracy while awaiting sentencing in previous conspiracy case

Andrew Keller (left) and Tyrone Jackson Sr. (right) (Gregory Hirst, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — On Thursday, 52-year-old Tyrone Jackson Sr. appeared in Natrona County Circuit Court on charges of conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine. His alleged supplier, 39-year-old Andrew Keller, was arrested and charged last month with three methamphetamine-related felonies.

Keller and Jackson are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation agents say they found 422 grams — almost one pound — of methamphetamine at the auto shop Keller owns in Mills on Dec. 30, 2022. They found digital scales and packaging materials along with the 422 grams of meth, according to an affidavit.

Last September, Keller pleaded guilty to conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine for his role in a drug distribution network which included over a dozen co-defendants. The new charges come as Keller is awaiting sentencing in that case, which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison. 

According to the DCI affidavits, a confidential informant told agents last October that Keller was selling meth — including half-pound quantities — for an unnamed co-conspirator. 

Agents say they found Facebook Messenger exchanges between Jackson Sr. and Keller indicating that Jackson would purchase up to an ounce of meth at a time from Keller. Payments were also exchanged between the men on the money transfer application Chime, the affidavit said.

Keller was given a $75,000 cash or surety bond in January, and the state has filed to forfeit his bond in the previous case. 

On Thursday, State Attorney Stephanie Arrache noted previous convictions for delivery of methamphetamine in Jackson’s criminal history, and asked for a $75,000 cash-only bond.

Circuit Court Judge Michael Patchen set bond for Jackson at $40,000 cash or surety.