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Two plead not guilty in big meth bust
Jun 17, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer
Two defendants arrested as part of a countywide drug bust in May pleaded not guilty on June 13 to one count each of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. A third individual facing the same charge had his arraignment rescheduled.
Timothy Lee Pitt and Abigail Rose White have trials scheduled for Sept. 16. Travis Edward Fauque's lawyer did not show up at court due to a miscommunication, so Wyoming Ninth Judicial District judge Norman E. Young postponed his hearing.
Conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine is a felony punishable by imprisonment of up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
Young agreed to lower Pitt's bond from $100,000 to $50,000.
Pitt's lawyer, public defender Devon Petersen, said lowering the amount was fair because the five of the six other defendants in the case face same charge as Pitt but had $50,000 bonds. Pitt also has never failed to appear at court when involved in other proceedings, Petersen said.
Deputy county attorney Tom Majdic asked Young not to lower the bond. The prosecutor called Pitt the "nucleus" of a drug ring and said he could be a danger to the community.
The prosecutor noted confidential informants gave information to law enforcement and that defendants would surely know their identities now. Pitt also had spoken of using a loaded gun when collecting on debts, Majdic said.
Wyoming Ninth Judicial District Circuit Court judge Robert B. Denhardt on June 10 bound over charges against two other defendants in the meth bust to district court.
A preliminary hearing for the Lyle James Haukaas and Shene Ann Springfield, who each face one charge of conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine, was held June 5. The cases were stalled because Denhardt needed more time to decide if prosecutors presented enough evidence to provide probable cause that the two defendants committed their offenses.
Both will next have arraignments where they will hear the charge against them, be told their constitutional rights and enter a plea.
A fifth defendant, Anthony Pete Hernandez, also faces the conspiracy to deliver charge and will have a preliminary hearing in circuit court on July 10.