Torrington, Wyo. (Story by Denise Heilbrun-Ellis) March 18, 2021 — An effort of combined local law enforcement and Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation took several drug offenders/distributors off the streets of Torrington.
On Jan. 6, 2021, Wyoming DCI conducted a surveillance of a criminal informant (CI) that performed a purchase of a controlled substance. During that purchase, Torrington resident Kari Gauze, 34, sold a controlled substance (methamphetamine) to the CI at Bryon Six’s residence.
At the residence, the CI met with Gauze where she allegedly had a misdemeanor amount of controlled substance (under two grams) at that time. The substance was later tested at the Wyoming State Crime Lab as meth.
On Feb. 3, the CI met with Gauze who was driving a white Lincoln, with Bryon Six, 44, sitting in the front passenger seat at Family Dollar in Torrington. The agents observed the two vehicles parked far away from the business in the parking lot. The CI and the two in the Lincoln did what is referenced as a “hand-to-hand” transaction.
Agents asked for assistance from the Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) troopers to make a traffic stop of a red Chevrolet Cobalt.
WHP Trooper Danny Robinett spotted the car traveling west. The windshield had a huge crack covering the window which inhibited the driver’s ability to see without obstruction. He stopped the vehicle, which had Nebraska plates, at about mile marker 93.
The driver, Evan McCreery, 36, did not have his seatbelt on, and did not have proof of insurance. Trooper Robinett asked McCreery to come to his vehicle, while he checked his license. McCreery had an Arizona’s identification card, but not a driver’s license.
Torrington K-9 Officer Sean Ringrose and his dog were called in to check the vehicle while Robinett was doing the paperwork.
Upon completion of K-9 Angel searching the vehicle, 1.81 grams of suspected oxychloride and approximately 7.58 grams of suspected meth were found in the center console.
McCreery was arrested and taken to Goshen County Detention Center.
As a result of this traffic stop, the agents received a search warrant for the Six residence. During the search agents found six ounces of raw marijuana, a digital scale, small jewelry bags commonly used for packaging and distributing controlled substance. During the initial interview with Six and Gauze, they admitted to being in possession of controlled substances.
After Wyoming Crime lab tested items the suspected oxycontin was fentanyl.
On Feb. 4, a CI told Special Agent Steven Rostad that they were in a residence that there was a marijuana plant and paraphernalia that is used for meth. The CI knew that McCreery, Jocelyn Fanning and “Eric Smith” lived in the residence.
A search warrant was served, and contact was made with Fanning. During the interview Rostad learned that 15 days prior, a person known as “Eric Smith” paid them $300 to rent a room. According to the probable cause affidavit, Smith began selling controlled substance out of the residence. He promised the couple he would help them with rent and provide Fanning with fentanyl pills to smoke. She told Rostad she knew McCreery was selling controlled substance and giving the money to Smith, and that she took no action in selling anything at the residence.
During the search agents found one pound of ground marijuana in the pantry, where Fanning told them that they grew it for their own use.
Afterwards agents performed a traffic stop on the vehicle driven by “Eric Smith.” After many attempts to run his driver’s license, no records were found. He had a fake identification card. Finally, they got his real name as Andrew Spiehs, age 40.
The CI told agents that he knew Fanning and McCreery drove Spiehs to Denver to buy more controlled substance to sell in Goshen County. The CI told agents that Speihl didn’t leave the residence much and had McCreery out to sell the substance, then afterward would give McCreery his own pills to sell.
Gauze is charged with conspiracy to manufacture, deliver crystal meth. If found guilty she could face imprisonment of 20 years and/or $25,000 fine; Conspiracy to selling controlled substance, with possibility of 20 years’ incarceration and/or $20,000; possessing marijuana greater than 3 oz., with possibility of 5 years and/or $10,000. Judge Korell reminded her if she were found guilty of all charges, she could be incarcerated up to 45 years and/or pay up to $60,000 or both.
She plead not guilty to all charges on March 9, and a trial date will be set later.
Bryon Six is charged with conspiracy to manufacture, deliver crystal meth. If found guilty he could face imprisonment of $20 years and/or $25,000 fine; conspiracy to selling controlled substance, with possibility of 20 years’ incarceration and/or $25,000; possessing marijuana greater than three ounces, with possibility of 5 years and/or $10,000. Six goes before Judge Patrick Korell on Thursday, March 18 at 2:30 p.m.
Jocelyn Fanning is charged with conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, fentanyl. If found guilty is could face up to 20 years’ incarceration and/or $25,000 fine.; felony possession of controlled substance of more than three ounces, marijuana, in plant form, 5 years and/or $10,000.
Evan McCreery, is charged with conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, oxycontin, which if found guilty could face 20 years’ incarceration, and/or $25,000 fine; felony possession of methamphetamine, crystal, which was more than three grams, which could earn him seven years and/or $15,000 fine; felony possession of controlled substance, marijuana, more than three grams, five years and/or $10,000 fine; possession of controlled substance, oxycontin, less than three grams,
McCreery plead not guilty to all charges March 9 and is out on bond. A trial date will be set later.
Andrew Spiehs, is charged with conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, which if found guilty could serve 20 years and/or $25,000 fine; interference with a police officer, one year and/or $1,000 fine, and is wanted on a U.S. Marshall’s Service warrant for selling methamphetamine. His arraignment is March 18 at 2:30 p.m.