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A number of drug traffickers were recently sentenced in Wyoming Federal Court. Sheridan Media’s Ron Richter has the details.
Drug Traffickers Sentenced
Chief U.S. District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl sentenced 45-year-old James Lee Kessler of Ogden Utah to 108 months in prison following a guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. According to court documents, on March 3 of this year, an officer with the Evanston Police Department contacted Kessler in his parked car. Kessler was disoriented and had trouble following directions. When asked if there were controlled substances in the car, Kessler said there were 500-600 fentanyl pills in the glove box. A search of Kessler’s car revealed over 700 fentanyl pills. Text messages found on Kessler’s cell phone showed he was selling fentanyl. This crime was investigated by the Evanston Police Department, the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
U.S. District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson sentenced 40-year-old Michael Guzman of Cheyenne to 75 months in prison following a guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl. According to court documents, on March 18, 2023, Laramie County Sheriff’s Office deputies discovered over 60 grams of fentanyl following a traffic stop of a car driven by Guzman. A review of Guzman’s cell phone revealed text messages showing that he was selling fentanyl. This crime was investigated by the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office, the Cheyenne Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Johnson also sentenced 39-year-old Brandon Marshall Clevenger of Cheyenne to 100 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to court documents, during a traffic stop on April 18, investigators found a semiautomatic pistol and over 600 grams of methamphetamine in a car driven by Clevenger. When interviewed, Clevenger admitted the pistol and methamphetamine belonged to him. Clevenger was indicted in May and pleaded guilty in July.
Last modified: October 21, 2023