Traffic stop in Newcastle leads to seizure of meth lab equipment, arrests
Newcastle, WY. – A routine traffic stop last week in Newcastle resulted in four arrests and the seizure of clandestine methamphetamine laboratory components. According to a release from the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation’s Northeast Enforcement Team, the Newcastle Police Department requested assistance after discovering what appeared to be components to make a methamphetamine lab during a traffic stop. DCI Agents responded to examine the scene and then contacted the Campbell County Fire Department’s Reginal Response Team to further assist in processing the scene.
The inter-agency team recovered suspected precursor chemicals, reagents, solvents, and glassware from the vehicle. DCI Special Agent Chris McDonald said the investigation is still active and more arrests are anticipated. Travis Allen, 37, Thomas O’Connor, 24, Stephen Callision, 29, and Samantha Thompson, 25, all of Newcastle, have been arrested and are charged with three separate felonies each: possession of a List I or II controlled substance precursor with intent to engage in a clandestine lab operation, possession of lab equipment or supplies with intent to engage in a clandestine lab operation and conspiracy to engage in a clandestine lab operation.
Each felony is punishable by 20 years in prison, a $25,000 fine, or both.