Raymond Roberts Bound Over For Trial On Major Meth Charges
A man who had methamphetamine shipped from California to him for his use and resale in Casper will go to trial.
Raymond Austin Roberts smoked up to five grams a day, but his business was a good deal for local meth users, too, he told law enforcement.
"Roberts said that he sold large quantities of methamphetamine because he could purchase it cheap from (his source) and pass the savings on to his customers," according to an affidavit filed with Natrona County Circuit Court.
Thursday, Roberts waived his preliminary hearing and Circuit Court Judge Brian Christensen bound him over to district court for trial.
He is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine, and two counts of child endangerment with methamphetamine.
Roberts' public defender Dylan Rosalez asked that his $75,000 bond be reduced to $25,000 because he has lived here for a year, and that his fiancee and her child live in Casper.
Christensen declined the request.
According to court records, Casper police and Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation agents learned Roberts had been receiving FedEx shipments of methamphetamine from Hesperia, Calif., to his address in the 800 block of North Kimball Street.
Roberts moved from San Bernardino, Calif., to Casper about a year ago for work, lost the job, and decided to sell methamphetamine to resolve financial issues.
In March or April, he contacted a friend and drug source in California to send him an "8 ball" -- one-eighth of an ounce -- of methamphetamine for his personal use.
But a couple of local people who sold the drug persuaded Roberts to have larger quantities shipped to him for distribution in Casper.
The most recent shipment was for 127 grams (nearly 4.5 ounces), which was intercepted at the FedEx office and inspected by agents from the DCI and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
On May 12, the package was delivered to Roberts' residence.
Law enforcement then executed a search warrant there. They arrested Roberts and his fiancee. The Wyoming Department of Family Services took her daughter and his step-son into protective custody.
After Roberts waived his Miranda rights, he told investigators about the shipments from California, and how he and others distributed the drug locally.
When he was arrested, A DCI agent found on Roberts a small plastic bag of "MSM" used as a cutting agent for methamphetamine.
"Roberts denied that he cut the methamphetamine and that he sold it 'pure,'" according to the affidavit.