Conspiracy Suspects Enter Pleas [AUDIO]
A number of defendants in the alleged methamphetamine distribution ring that was broken open May 13th by federal, state and local law enforcement entered not guilty pleas in District Court in Casper Thursday. All plead not guilty to count 1:
The defendants had count 1 in common, conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to deliver, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a 25,000 dollar fine.
Among those who entered a not guilty plea to conspiracy was Sotero Negrete, who with his attorney Scott Powers at his side, also pleaded not guilty to six counts of delivery.
William James Mair also pleaded not guilty to one delivery charge, Todd Champagne to two deliver charges, Kale Hurley to one delivery charge, and Adrian Munoz to one delivery charge.
Laurie Cascio pleaded not guilty to the meth conspiracy count, and also pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to possession and intent to deliver marijuana, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years and 10,000 dollars. Cascio also denied two counts of dealing drugs within 500 feet of a school.
Cascio's attorney Mike Cornia took issue with her 100,000 dollar bond, but District Court Judge Catherine Wilking continued the bond. Trials will be set after a scheduling conference for the defendants.