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Stumbling pedestrian arrested on possession charges

 

January 23, 2020



A Douglas man has been charged with possession with intent to deliver after allegedly informing a police officer who had spotted him walking drunkenly through town that he was taking a bag of marijuana from one friend to another.

On January 7, a Moorcroft Police Officer was stationed at the intersection of East Converse and North Yellowstone at around 8:30 p.m. when he observed a man stumbling down the street, later identified as Brock Allen Smith. The officer reports that Smith was on the roadway, despite there being a sidewalk available, and appeared to be intoxicated.

According to court reports, Smith made an abrupt right turn onto North Yellowstone, still on the roadway, and carried on walking. The officer made contact with Smith and detected the odor of alcohol on his breath.

Smith was allegedly slurring his words and swaying from side to side. When asked where he was going, he stated that he was heading to Griffith Street in Gillette.

The officer asked if Smith knew where he was and he allegedly paused for a brief moment and said, “It starts with a W”. The officer reports asking Smith to walk to the front of his patrol vehicle and place the bag in his hand down on the ground.

Smith allegedly complied, but sat himself down as well. The officer reports informing Smith that he did not want him to sit down, only to place the bag on the ground.

The officer asked if it was ok for him to conduct a pat-down for weapons, but Smith allegedly responded he had a paper that said the officer could not do that. The officer explained that, for safety, he could.

When asked if he had anything on his person, Smith allegedly began reaching down to his pockets and patting them. The officer reports telling him multiple times not to do this and to only give a verbal answer.

Due to Smith’s inability to follow simple instructions and his intoxication, the officer asked him to turn around and place his hands behind his back; Smith complied. The officer conducted a pat-down and allegedly detected a faint odor of burnt marijuana omitting from Smith’s trench coat.

Smith denied having any marijuana on his person. The officer placed him in handcuffs and requested for a second officer to respond.

A probable cause search of Smith’s person allegedly revealed a clear plastic bag of suspected marijuana that was later weighed at 0.9 ounces. When asked where the marijuana had come from, Smith allegedly stated that one friend had given it to him to deliver to another friend.

The officers explained that this is possession with intent to deliver and is illegal in Wyoming, which Smith allegedly stated he was not aware of. After this realization, the officer reports that Smith began to change his story.

Smith was then advised of his Miranda rights and decided not to talk. He was arrested and charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, carrying a maximum penalty of ten years’ incarceration, a $10,000 fine or both.

 
 

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