Large quantity of meth recovered after serious crash in May; Driver faces felony drug charges

(Shoshoni, Wyo.) – Following a serious crash in early May, the Wyoming Highway Patrol discovered more than 20 grams of methamphetamine in one of the vehicles. The driver of a Toyota Rav4 with Idaho plates collided with a semi-truck on May 7 just north of Shoshoni on Highway 20.

Roark Leon Fairchild, 49, has been charged with Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver. If convicted of both charges, Fairchild faces a maximum combined penalty of 27 years in prison and/or up to $40,000 in fines.

According to the affidavit filed in the case, WHP Trooper Henry reportedly observed several items related to controlled substance distribution along with small jewelers baggies with a powdery residue inside while firefighters were extricating Fairchild. That residue tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine.

After Fairchild was extricated, loose cash and baggies containing a “crystal rock substance” that tested presumptive positive for meth were found. In an additional search of the vehicle, a handgun, digital scale and baggies were located. A total weight of the methamphetamine found in the vehicle was 20.7 grams, according to the affidavit.

Bond information and a photo were not readily available.