EVANSTON — On July 19, Robert W. Bower of Evanston made an initial appearance in Uinta County Circuit Court on one charge of conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine. It was alleged Bower conspired with another person on May 21 to deliver the controlled substance. It is further alleged Bower is a part of a larger drug ring, which conspired to deliver the drugs in Uinta County.
Bower was arrested, along with 23 other persons, following a two-year investigation by the Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation and other agencies. Bower has prior convictions for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.
County prosecuting attorney Dean Stout recommended a $250,000 cash-only bail on the defendant, due to his connection to the DCI investigation. Judge Michael L. Greer imposed the recommended bail. A public defender was requested in the case, and a preliminary hearing is to be set.
DCI and feds make major arrests
On Thursday, July 18, agents of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, along with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the United States Marshal’s Service, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Wyoming Highway Patrol, Green River Police Department, Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, Sublette County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Rock Springs Police Department, Evanston Police Department and Uinta County Sheriff’s Office, working cooperatively and simultaneously, conducted 10 search warrants and arrested 24 people in the Rock Springs, Green River and Evanston areas.
The joint operation was the culmination of a two-year long investigation into suspected drug distribution in the Sweetwater County, Sublette County, Fremont County and Uinta County areas. During the execution of the search warrants, agents located United States currency, a firearm, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana.