Parole/probation visit sparks marijuana charges for pair

Oct 21, 2015 By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

Two men face up to 20 years in prison each for possessing and trying to sell about 2 ounces of marijuana.

Their cases were bound over to District Court on Oct. 14.

Jared Arnold, 25, of Riverton, faces once charge of possession with intent to deliver marijuana and one charge of conspiracy to deliver marijuana.

David Lawrence Burt, 25, of Riverton faces one charge of conspiracy to deliver marijuana and one charge of aiding and abetting delivery of marijuana.

Home visit

The investigation started when probation and parole officers on Oct. 7 conducted a home visit at a residence in the 500 block of North Second Street for Burt and a third individual, Taylor Whitt, who were under supervised probation.

Riverton Police Department Det. Scott Gardner said he arrived at the apartment and during a search discovered about two ounces of marijuana in several locations in the residence, and in Arnold's vehicle parked outside.

Some of the pot was in small plastic bags as if packaged for sale, the officer said.

Whitt and Burt told probation and parole agent Tori Nicholls they had been finding people to whom Arnold could sell marijuana, Gardner said. Nicholls told Gardner she had seen messages on Whitt and Burt's phones that seemed to be related to selling drugs.

Gardner said Whitt sent a text message to several people asking, "Anyone looking for some green?"

Burt sent a similar message on Facebook, the RPD officer said.

One person responded online, "Well the cops are now because you sent this out on Facebook, LOL," Gardener said.

Burt said he was helping Arnold sell marijuana because Arnold needed money to pay child support, Gardner said.

Altogether, the marijuana discovered at the scene weighed about 55 grams, or 1.93 ounces.

The next step in the case is an arraignment for both suspects, but dates for the hearings have not been set.

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