Casper Police: Two Arrested; Tried to Take Meth, Pot Into Jail
Two people who were arrested after officers stopped a stolen van early Thursday morning allegedly tried to sneak marijuana and methamphetamine into the Natrona County Detention Center, police say.
John Mann, 58 was booked on recommended charges of methamphetamine possession and taking a controlled substance into a detention facility.
Sonia Ortega Lopez, 33, was booked on recommended charges of marijuana possession and taking a controlled substance into a detention facility.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, police officers were on routine patrol shortly after 3:30 a.m. Thursday when they stopped a red van with a broken tail light at the intersection of Third Street and Country Club Road.
Mann, Lopez and two others -- 52-year-old Larry Guajardo and 41-year-old Jessie Birr -- were inside the van. Dispatch advised the officers that the van had been stolen out of Laramie.
Lopez and Guajardo claimed that the van's owner had let them borrow it, though they could not get the owner on the phone to confirm that for police. Mann and Birr said they had no knowledge of the van being stolen, as they were just catching a ride.
All four were arrested. A search of the van allegedly turned up a broken meth pipe as well as two small baggies containing methamphetamine residue. A scale and another glass pipe were found in the driver's door storage area, while a syringe containing a clear liquid was found tucked into the front passenger seat.
A marijuana grinder and another broken glass pipe were found directly behind Mann's seat.
While searching Lopez inside the jail, officers found marijuana in her bra as well as a spoon with a cotton ball on it, which police believed was used for the filtration of methamphetamine.
Also at the jail, officers found a small baggie of suspected methamphetamine in Mann's pocket as well as a large crystal of suspected methamphetamine.
A booking photo of Lopez was not available from the Casper Police Department on Friday morning.