POWELL - Seven Powell residents have been charged with drug crimes following their arrests as part of a raid last week.
Rooms at the Park Motel and three residences were were targeted as a local ring was busted Friday for drug distribution, police said. The seven Powell residents were arrested on drug charges after 25 police officers converged on the four locations, said Powell Police Chief Tim Feathers.
They found prescription medications, suspected methamphetamine, suspected marijuana, controlled substance paraphernalia, and records at 737 E. Second St. (the Park Motel), 566 N. Day St., 225 N. Ferris St. and 702 N. Clark St.
The suspects weren't making any drugs - they were selling it to local customers in Cody, Powell and northern Bighorn Basin, Feathers said.
"This was a successful arrest. There was no resistance and everything went smoothly," said Feathers. "Taking seven distributors out of circulation will have a good impact on the area."
Shari Misner, 43; Linda Johnson, 39; Paul Millard, 32; Hugh Fergueson, 31; Kevin Callen II, 20; and Kenny Parker, 19, were charged with delivering controlled substances.
Debra Ann Cloakey, 44, was charged with conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance. All made their initial appearance in Park County's circuit court Monday. Cloakey, Johnson and Misner have preliminary hearings Friday. All live in Powell.
Wyoming's Department of Criminal Investigation started making "controlled drug purchases" more than a month ago, Feathers said.
DCI has original jurisdiction to conduct investigations involving violations of the Wyoming Controlled Substance Act. The state agency's Northwest Division conducted the investigation, he said.
"They were doing preparation work for months," Feathers said.
The group is not tied to some of the larger meth busts made in the area, Feathers said, because this group was more local. More arrests are expected, he said.