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Gillette man facing possession charges


October 31, 2019

Gillette man Cody Shuck faces possession charges after he was spotted acting suspiciously near a Crook County bentonite pit.

A Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a report of a suspicious person on Wagener Road on October 8. The reporting party stated that someone in an older pickup had pulled into the bentonite pit, shut off its lights and parked.

When the reporting party walked over to the truck, he allegedly observed the driver lying across the front seat. He reported that he knocked on the window and the subject sat up, started the truck and drove off towards the interstate with no headlights on.

While the deputy was checking the area, he received a report from a second deputy that the truck may have been located, parked on Deadwood Stage Road just north of the interstate. The truck’s plate returned to Shuck.

The deputy made contact with the adult male driver, who was known to him through prior law enforcement contacts. Shuck allegedly appeared to be under the influence.

According to the deputy’s affidavit, Shuck was slow to respond, had drooping eyes and appeared to be falling asleep while talking. He also allegedly had sweat beading up on his face despite the temperature being in the 40-degree range.

Shuck allegedly claimed he had grown tired while driving from Newcastle to Gillette and had pulled over to rest. He denied being under the influence of anything.

The second deputy performed standardized field sobriety tests on Shuck while the first deployed Crook County’s narcotics canine. The dog alerted near the driver’s side door, indicating she had detected the odor of narcotics.

Shuck allegedly admitted there might possibly be marijuana or meth in the truck “from a long time ago”. According to court reports, a search of the truck revealed meth and a small amount of plant form marijuana, as well as a scale with meth residue and needles.

At the detention center, the weight of the meth without packaging was allegedly determined to be 6.52 grams. Shuck was charged with one felony count of possession of meth and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana.


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