Baby Taken Into Protective Custody After Casper Drug Bust, Arrests
Casper police officers arrested three people and took a baby into protective custody Tuesday after a probation compliance check led to the discovery of methamphetamine, marijuana, liquid THC and pills.
Markus Anthoni Dugan was booked into jail on recommended charges of child endangerment with methamphetamine, conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine, felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of pills, possession of marijuana, felony possession of liquid THC and being under the influence of methamphetamine.
Andrew Lewis Holmes was booked on recommended charges of intent to deliver methamphetamine, child endangerment with meth, conspiracy to deliver meth, felony methamphetamine possession, felony possession of liquid methamphetamine, possession of pills, possession of marijuana and felony possession of liquid THC.
Shelby Mirisa Butler was booked on a single charge of child endangerment.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, Casper police officers assisted probation and parole agents with a home compliance check at the Casper Village Apartments shortly before 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Agents reported that Dugan, a probation client, was not complying with the conditions of his probation.
butler and Dugan answered when agents knocked and allowed them access to the apartment, which police say smelled strongly of feces and urine. The apartment was filthy and in a state of disarray.
When asked whether anything in the apartment would violate his probation, Dugan and Butler both pointed to a lockable container on an end table. Inside the container, police reportedly found a small pack of jewelers bags, two separate bags of pills, a large shard of suspected methamphetamine and a meth pipe.
Police entered a bedroom where a baby was asleep and found a man asleep face-down on the floor. The man, Holmes, claimed ownership of the lockable container.
A needle containing 42 units of liquid meth was found inside Holmes's pocket. Police noted he was partially beneath the baby's crib when officers woke him.
Additional drugs and paraphernalia were found in the apartment including 4.8 grams of meth, 42 units of liquid meth, an assortment of meth and marijuana pipes, several Concerta pills, 11.18 grams of liquid THC and miscellaneous paraphernalia.
Dugan provided a urine sample which tested positive for methamphetamine.
The baby was taken into protective custody. A dog and two cats were removed from the home by Metro Animal Control.
Butler, when interviewed, told police that Holmes had brought the lockbox into the apartment, but she had believed it only contained marijuana. She told police that Dugan would act as a middleman for Holmes in drug sales, including sales of methamphetamine.
Dugan told police that he acted as a middleman, but not for Holmes. He claimed to have acted as a middleman for someone named Tyler. He added that he knew it was wrong for him and Butler to let Holmes stay with them, knowing that Holmes had drugs with him.