Yearlong Investigation Ends in Prosecution of 23 Sweetwater County Residents

Yearlong Investigation Ends in Prosecution of 23 Sweetwater County Residents

SWEETWATER COUNTY — As a result of this nearly yearlong investigation, and the following court proceedings, the Sweetwater County Attorney’s Office, with the assistance from local law enforcement, successfully disrupted, dismantled and prosecuted 23 Sweetwater County local, drug users and distributers, residing in Green River and Rock Springs, Wyoming.

In addition, four out-of-state suppliers of heroin and methamphetamine, were identified, charged and prosecuted for their roles in supplying large quantities of controlled substances into the Sweetwater County area.

Furthermore, the identification and disruption of this Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO), not only impacted the communities resting in Sweetwater County, Wyoming, it positively impacted areas in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Phoenix, Arizona.

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The long-term investigation of this DTO attributed approximately 7 ounces of heroin, over 25 kilograms of methamphetamine to the DTO, and investigating law enforcement seized over 17 pounds of methamphetamine, quantities of heroin, marijuana, and 50 firearms, one of which was identified as stolen from Arkansas.

It was a cooperative investigation conducted by law enforcement officers from Green River Police Department, Rock Springs Police Department, Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming Highway Patrol and Wyoming DCI SWET, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Las Vegas Metro Police Department and the Sweetwater County Attorney’s Office.

Those who were prosecuted are:

Noah J. Atherton
Convicted; Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police Officers and Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled
Substance (Methamphetamine), a felony
Sentenced: 5 to 8 years Wyoming State Penitentiary.

Tresha D. BACHMAN
Convicted; Possession of a controlled substance (Methamphetamine- not more than 3 grams), a
misdemeanor
Sentenced: 365 days confinement with 1 year supervised probation.

Brad L. BYERLY
Convicted; Possession with Intent to Deliver (Methamphetamine), a felony.
Sentenced: 4 to 7 years’ incarceration in Wyoming State Penitentiary.

Nicole A. CAIN
Convicted; Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), a felony
Sentenced: Suspended Proceedings, 7-13-301 with 3 years supervised probation

Lance R. COLLINS
Convicted; Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), a felony, and Possession
of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine- more than 3 grams), a felony.
Sentenced: 6 to 10 years’ incarceration in Wyoming State Penitentiary.

Jamie L. DODD
Convicted; Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), a felony
Sentenced: 2 to 4 years’ incarceration in Wyoming Women’s Center.

Kelsi D. EGBERT
Convicted; Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), a felony
Sentenced: 4 to 7 years’ incarceration in Wyoming Women’s Center.

Christy A. HARLOW
Convicted; Possession of a controlled substance (Methamphetamine- not more than 3 grams), a
misdemeanor
Sentenced: 365 days confinement with 1 year supervised probation.

Colin S. MCALISTER
Convicted; Unlawful Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance
(Methamphetamine) a felony
Sentenced: to 3 to 6 years Wyoming State Penitentiary.

Lacea A. NIX
Convicted; Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), a felony
Sentenced: 3 to 5 years’ incarceration in Wyoming Women’s Center, suspended, 3 years supervised
probation.

Tanya HERNANDEZ
Convicted; Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), a felony, and Child
Endangerment – Methamphetamine (Permit Child Where Possessed, Stored or Used), a felony
Sentenced: 5 to 7 years’ incarceration in Wyoming Women’s Center, suspended, 3 years supervised
probation.

Rusti J. LONG-STEPHENSON
Convicted; Unlawful Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Oxycodone/Xanax) a felony
Sentenced: 2 to 5 years’ incarceration in Wyoming Women’s Center.

Carol A. LOPEZ-SMITH
Convicted; Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), a felony
Sentenced: 5 to 7 years’ incarceration in Wyoming Women’s Center.

Albert E. MORGAN Jr.
Convicted; Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), a felony, Unlawful
Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) a felony
Sentenced: 5 to 8 years’ incarceration in Wyoming State Penitentiary

Alexis K. MORGAN
Convicted; Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), a felony, Unlawful
Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) a felony
Sentenced: 13 to 19 years’ incarceration in Wyoming Women’s Center.

Christopher R. ROBERTSON
Convicted; Unlawful Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) a felony
Sentenced: 5 to 7 years’ incarceration in Wyoming State Penitentiary, suspended, 3 years supervised
probation.

Marcy Jo RUMLER
Convicted; Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), a felony,
Sentenced: 4 to 6 years’ incarceration in Wyoming Women’s Center, suspended, 3 years supervised
probation.

William E. SHAY
Convicted; Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), a felony,
Sentenced: 3 to 6 years’ incarceration in Wyoming State Penitentiary.

Katelynn M. SHELTON
Convicted; Unlawful Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Heroin) a felony, Conspiracy to
Deliver a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), a felony,
Sentenced: 5 to 8 years’ incarceration in Wyoming Women’s Center.

Sara K. SHEPHERD
Convicted; Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), a felony,
Sentenced: 3 to 5 years’ incarceration in Wyoming Women’s Center, suspended, 3 years supervised
probation.

Jason L. TOMASINI
Convicted; Unlawful Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) a felony,
Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), a felony,
Sentenced: 8 to 12 years’ incarceration in Wyoming State Penitentiary.

Brandi M. BALL
Convicted; Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), a felony,
Sentenced: 3 to 5 years’ incarceration in Wyoming Women’s Center, suspended, 3 years supervised
probation.

Anthony D. WHITNEY
Convicted; Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), a felony,
Sentenced: 18 to 20 years’ incarceration in Wyoming State Penitentiary, suspended, 5 years supervised
probation.

Lamar M. YARBER
Convicted; Possession of a controlled substance (Methamphetamine- not more than 3 grams), a
misdemeanor
Sentenced: 365 days incarceration, suspended, 12 months supervised probation.

Karen S. ZUMPFE
Convicted; Unlawful Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) a felony,
Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), a felony,
Sentenced: 3 to 5 years’ incarceration in Wyoming Women’s Center, suspended, 3 years supervised
probation.

Jason T. STROH
Convicted; Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine-More than 3 grams) a felony,
Sentenced: 4 to 5 incarceration in Wyoming State Penitentiary, suspended, 3 years supervised
probation.