CASPER, Wyo. — Law enforcement officials are saying that six people were arrested, and multiple children were taken into protective custody, following a house check by Wyoming Probation and Parole.
According to documents released by the Natrona County Circuit Court, Cherica Apodaca, age 38, was the subject of a P&P house check on December 15, 2019. During that check, officers with the Casper Police Department say that multiple individuals were taken into custody and were recommended for charges.
Apodaca was reportedly charged with three felony counts of Child Endangerment with Methamphetamine, one count of Possession of Methamphetamine in a felony amount, and one felony count of Possession of a Controlled Substance on a third or subsequent offense.
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Agents with P&P reported to Casper Police Department officers that they suspected Apodaca of violating several aspects of her probation. Officers assisted with the house check.
Upon arrival at a private residence, officers were let in by an individual inside the home, where law enforcement contacted 6 persons identified as “children,” in court papers. Two other children were reportedly located elsewhere in the home.
Officers describe identifying themselves while approaching a rear bedroom of the hom, and witnessing shadows moving rapidly, and the noise of a window being opened. Officers with Casper and Mills police departments, outside the home, witnessed a man jumping out the side window of the home, and running from the area. Officers pursued the individual and took him into custody on a recommended misdemeanor charge.
In the bedroom, officers report making contact with Apodaca and several other adults. Another one of the persons in the room was identified as Roderick Barnes.
Officers say that Barnes initially gave officers and incorrect name, and eventually confessed to officers that he had given the false name because he believed he had an active warrant in Fremont County. Officers confirmed the warrant and took Barnes into custody.
During the contact with police, officers say that Barnes was found in possession of a “tooter” straw with suspected methamphetamine residue inside. Barnes told officers that he had found the straw on the floor and placed it in his pocket.
Barnes was recommended for a felony charge of Possession of Methamphetamine on a Third or Subsequent Offense, and Interference With a Police Officer.
Officers also report making contact with another male, identified as Fabian Kamai. An affidavit in the case describes police contacting Kamai while he was attempting to hid under a bed. When contacted by agents and officers, Kamai admitted to using methamphetamine.
The affidavit also notes that methamphetamine paraphernalia was found under the bed, near where Kamai had been hiding.
Kamai was arrested and transported to the Natrona County Detention Center. He was later charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance on a Third or Subsequent Offense.
Police also report finding a female hiding in a rear bedroom, who was later identified as Kyla Lawson. The suspect admitted to agents that she was also using meth and marijuana, while on probation.
Jail records indicate that Lawson was recommended for charges including Conspiracy with Drugs and Attempt to Conspire. The agency listed on those charges was identified as the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.
“Officers located an abundance of drugs and drug paraphernalia, along with drug users throughout the home,” a Casper Police Department affidavit in the case reads. Police go on to describe finding tooters, needles, scales, and other items identified as drug paraphernalia.
In total, six people were reportedly arrested during the contact, including Apodaca, Barnes, Lawson, and Kamai all booked on felony charges. Two other individuals were arrested and recommended for misdemeanor charges.
The individuals were transported to the Natrona County Detention Center without further reported incident.
8 children were found in the home, and were placed in safe custody.
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.