Casper Woman Accused of Involvement in Multi-State Meth Trafficking Ring
A woman arrested Monday could face up to two decades in prison for her alleged role in methamphetamine sales in the Casper area.
Victoria Ball, 27, is also known as Paige Hatch. She is charged with a single count of conspiring to deliver methamphetamine, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and and a fine of $25,000.
Ball made her initial appearance Tuesday in Natrona County Circuit Court, where her bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety.
An affidavit composed by agents with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation alleges Ball was part of an "ongoing and multi-state drug trafficking organization."
Special agents in December interviewed a man who reportedly said he would usually get his methamphetamine from Ball, having obtained "grams" and "balls" -- a ball being 3.5 grams of methamphetamine -- from Ball in the past.
The man allegedly told agents he had also sold methamphetamine to Ball.
Through further interviews, DCI agents learned of alleged co-conspirators who also provided methamphetamine. Charging papers say one person brought methamphetamine up from Colorado as many as three times per week.
Ball would reportedly act as a "middleman" in methamphetamine deals for at least one of the co-conspirators, the affidavit says.
The investigation turned up text messages from early February in which Ball allegedly agreed to "look" for methamphetamine on behalf of another person. A special agent also found multiple Facebook messages reportedly related to drug transactions.