Two from meth bust plead not guilty

(Lander, Wyo.) – Two of the six suspects arrested in a recent methamphetamine distribution bust pleaded not guilty this afternoon in Wyoming’s Ninth District Court.

Timothy Pitt, 31, of Hudson, and Abigail White, 21, of Riverton, entered those pleas. Both are charged with a single count of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine. The felony is punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment and or a fine of $25,000 or both.

Travis Fauque, 21, of Lander, who also has been bound to district court from circuit court was also scheduled for arraignment today, where he would have entered his plea, but his attorney was not in attendance. Judge Norman E. Young said there must have been some miscommunication. Fauque’s arraignment will be rescheduled.

Two of the other co-defendants in the case facing the same charges, Shene Springfield, 37, of Lander, and Lyle Haukaas, 34, of Hudson, have also been bound over to district court and have arraignments scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on July 9.

Pitt’s defense attorney, Devon Petersen, called Pitt’s bond amount, set at $100,000 cash, “a bit excessive” considering his co-defendants had bonds set at $5,000. Deputy County Attorney Tom Majdic argued that Pitt was different from the others because he “was the nucleus” of the local distribution system. He noted that in the investigation 28 grams of methamphetamine was found in Pitt’s home, as well as a loaded .22 pistol that Pitt was alleged to plan on using to get some money back. While Majdic was making his case, Pitt shook his head.

Young reduced the bond to $50,000 cash or surety.

With regard to White, who is out on bond, Young agreed to not make her undergo drug testing as she is currently hospitalized.

The six co-defendant, Anthony Hernandez, is set for a preliminary hearing in Lander Circuit Court at 2:30 p.m. on July 10.

Read more about the case here.