Dubois man charged with manufacturing meth in an apartment

(Dubois, Wyo.) – A Dubois man charged in mid-April with Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine now faces a charge of operating a meth lab.

Trampes Rivers, 40, was charged on April 28 with Unlawful Clandestine Laboratory Operations. The charge is a felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison and/or $50,000 in fines. The charge alleges that Rivers knowingly and intentionally possessed a List I or II controlled substance precursor with the intent to engage in a clandestine laboratory operation, and that the operation took place within 500 feet of a residence, business, church or school.

An arraignment date in District Court where Rivers will enter a plea has not yet been set. He is currently being held in custody on a $50,000 cash or $100,000 surety bond.

The Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or $25,000 in fines.

The affidavit filed to support the lab charge was written by Division of Criminal Investigation Agent Brady Patrick. The document recalls that on two separate occasions, April 1 and April 9, a Fremont County Sheriff’s Deputy inspected trash contents at a location on the 400 block of Mercantile Street. In those inspections used coffee filters were found that tested presumptive positive for meth. The second search located empty pseudoephedrine blister packs, an empty package of lithium batteries, bottle of starter fluid, aluminum foil with white and red residue.

A search warrant was executed at the residence on April 17, the same day Rivers was arrested for the first charge. “Law enforcement officers found many items that are, or may be, used in the manufacture of methamphetamine,” state the affidavit.

“These are some of the items recovered from the house: several jars containing a liquid suspected to be muriatic acid, several jars containing an unknown pink-colored liquid, a Fiji brand water bottle with a makeshift lid and vent tubing, containing an unknown white crystalline powder (the suspected reaction vessel), green and gray-colored gloves with suspected chemical residue, Wal-greens brand ‘Wal phed’ pseudoephedrine package, an unknown number of coffee filters, and a small glass container wrapped with aluminum foil, plastic wrap and electrical tape, containing an unknown pink-colored liquid,” states the affidavit.

A sheet with suspected customer names and pay/owe amounts was also reportedly located. According to the court documents the lab was inside a residence above another apartment rented by an unrelated family that included a young child.

The affidavit filed in the delivery charge details testimony from a confidential informant, named only as CS1. The informant reported observing some of Rivers manufacturing equipment and discussed Rivers talking about the process. A transaction between Rivers and CS1 was monitored by investigators and the informant reportedly returned with about $20 in methamphetamine. The informant also said Rivers was known to exchange 1 gram of methampthetamine for a 96-count box of pseudoephedrine.