Date set for trial in Wyoming drug-bust case

2010-08-15T23:00:00Z Date set for trial in Wyoming drug-bust caseCasper Star-Tribune The Billings Gazette
August 15, 2010 11:00 pm  • 

A trial date has been set for a handful of Wyoming defendants arrested by federal agents early this summer during a three-state roundup of suspected drug dealers and users. Nearly 50 people were taken into custody in early June as a result of what authorities say was a “long-term investigation of a methamphetamine trafficking operation.”

Of those arrested in Wyoming, 10 face charges in federal court. A trial date for those defendants has been set for Dec. 6 at the Ewing T. Kerr Federal Courthouse in Casper. U.S. District Judge William Downes is slated to preside.

During the multistate roundup, arrests warrants were served on people in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. The probe also led to the seizure of more than nine pounds of methamphetamine, several firearms and more than $100,000 in cash, according to John Powell, spokesman for the U.S. Attorneys’ Office in Cheyenne.

Court documents related to the specifics of the investigation remained under seal Friday.

In Wyoming, arrests were made in the counties of Natrona, Campbell, Fremont, Laramie and Converse.

According to federal court documents, the 10 Wyoming defendants are:

• Steve “Old Man” Bernal. He has been charged with nine felonies, including conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. If convicted, he faces a maximum possible penalty of life behind bars.

• Ronald “Pops” Ennis. He has been charged with six felonies, including two counts of distribution of methamphetamine. If convicted, he faces a maximum possible penalty of life behind bars.

• Bill Cook. He has been charged with four felonies, including conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

• Bobbie Jo Tucker, Russ Humbracht, Stuart Harwood, Jeremy Trowbridge and Charles Warner. They have each been charged with three felonies, including conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine. If convicted, they each face the possibility of more than 20 years behind bars.

• Garrett Andrew Wolf. He has been charged with two felonies, including conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine. If convicted, he faces the possibility of more than 10 years behind bars.

• Darrell Saunders. He has been charged with two felonies, including conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine. If convicted, he faces the possibility of more than 10 years behind bars.

They all remain in custody and each has pleaded not guilty.

Apart from this case, Ennis was indicted in May by a federal grand jury and charged with three drug-related felonies. William “Cowboy” Breedan was also indicted in that case, according to court documents.

The two men’s charges include conspiracy to possess more than 50 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine. They each face a maximum possible penalty of life behind bars if convicted.

A trial in that case is set to begin Sept. 17 in Casper.

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