Casper-Area Residents Accused of Endangering Four Children With Meth, Connection to Alleged Trafficking Ring
Three people who were arrested in June on charges of child endangerment, drug possession and involvement with a Casper-area meth trafficking ring face charges in Natrona County District Court.
Sherra Rea Danielson, 27, pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning to four counts of child endangerment by methamphetamine, as well as one count each of meth and marijuana possession. She could be sentenced to 22 years imprisonment and $22,000 in fines if convicted on all counts.
Jenny Michelle Spurlin, 37, pleaded not guilty last week to four counts of child endangerment by methamphetamine, one count of meth possession and one count of marijuana possession. Prosecutors dismissed one count of conspiracy to deliver meth originally filed against Spurlin, according to court records.
Trevor Samuel Boyd, 25, pleaded not guilty July 21 to four counts of child endangerment by methamphetamine, one count each of marijuana and meth possession, and one count of meth possession with intent to deliver. His trial is set for Sept. 25.
Charging papers say Danielson, Boyd and Spurlin were arrested June 15 at a home in Mills, when agents with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation executed a search warrant.
Six children, ranging in age from 9 months to 17 years, were inside the home when agents showed up.
A warrant had previously been issued for Boyd's arrest, and a search of his person allegedly revealed several glass pipes with methamphetamine residue.
In the kitchen, agents allegedly found a black backpack containing nearly 22 grams of meth and a .40-caliber handgun "with the serial numbers obliterated," according to court documents.
A small amount of marijuana was also found in the backpack, as was a red bandanna wrapped around the handgun. Authorities say Boyd's social media profile includes photos of Boyd wearing similar red bandanas, and Boyd was known to carry a black backpack.
The handgun was allegedly traded to Boyd by a confidential source, who tried to buy meth from Boyd's home near a church on Poison Spider Road.
Agents searched a blue shed in front of the home and reportedly found an explosive device which contained possible shrapnel. Also in the shed were several glass pipes with suspected meth residue and papers bearing Boyd's name.
The rear master bedroom of the home also allegedly contained several pipes with residue, packaging materials and a digital scale with meth residue. A marijuana pipe was found next to the bed, court documents say.
Meth paraphernalia was allegedly found in another bedroom, including a glass pipe on a nightstand next to the bed. The nightstand was about two feet off the ground, and agents noted small children could have easily gotten to the pipe.
Spurlin, who arrived at the home some time after DCI agents conducted their search, was interviewed that afternoon. She identified herself as the homeowner and said Boyd had been staying in the home for about a month, sleeping on the couch, while Danielson had stayed at the home on and off since November.
Spurlin allegedly admitted to possessing some drug paraphernalia and smoking meth two or three days prior. A urine sample she gave to the Wyoming Department of Family Services reportedly yielded a positive result for methamphetamine.
Spurlin allegedly admitted to agents that she bought meth from 50-year-old Charles "Carlos" Shaw, then divided the meth up to be sold in smaller portions. She also reportedly admitted to using the scale and packaging materials in the home in order to redistribute the meth.
Danielson was also interviewed on June 15. She allegedly told DCI agents that she was retrieving clothes and other items she had left when she was staying in the home. Danielson allegedly admitted to taking one non-prescribed hydrocodone pill the previous evening and smoking meth at the house with the homeowner, adding that a child was in the house as they smoked.
Danielson allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana with a 13-year-old child on June 14. She also said, according to court documents, that she smoked pot with a 12-year-old child the week prior.
A urine sample provided by Danielson to the Wyoming Department of Family Services allegedly came back positive for meth, opiates and marijuana.
Agents were also told that a 17-year-old had been driving Boyd to get cash from Money Grams at several locations in Casper and Mills.
The Department of Family Services took protective custody of the four youngest children who were home at the time of the search. A 13-year-old child provided a urine sample which came back positive for marijuana.
Shaw had been scheduled to stand trial beginning July 31, but now is set to plead guilty to one or more of the charges filed against him before Natrona County District Court Judge Daniel Forgey.
The affidavit filed in Spurlin's case alleges she and Shaw were part of an ongoing, multi-state drug trafficking ring.