Laramie Man Faces Three Felony Drug Charges
A man arrested in May after an Albany County Sheriff's deputy allegedly found methamphetamine, marijuana and paraphernalia while searching a vehicle pleaded not guilty to three felony drug charges Wednesday in Albany County District Court.
Lane Brian Halverson, 55, is charged with possession of methamphetamine, third or subsequent offense; possession of marijuana, third or subsequent offense; and possession of marijuana. If convicted on all three charges, he could face up to 15 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.
Halverson was arrested late on the night of May 26 after a sheriff's deputy patrolling Hunt Road stopped to check out a vehicle pulled off to the side of the road with its lights off.
Court documents say as the deputy knocked on the window, the passenger -- Halverson -- scrambled to put a small Crown Royal bag into the glove compartment. When the deputy asked Halverson what was in the bag, Halverson allegedly said "a little something, something that I always have."
The deputy opened the bag and reportedly found a small sack of methamphetamine.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, a search of the vehicle turned up a broken glass pipe with a white crystalline substance in its stem and bowl, a second pipe containing methamphetamine and a sealed bag of marijuana that appeared to weigh more than three ounces.
The deputy interviewed the driver of vehicle, who allegedly said she knew there was methamphetamine in the car.
Halverson allegedly told the deputy that he and the driver found the marijuana in the vehicle at a park in Laramie.
Court documents say Halverson has convicted of possession of a controlled substance on at least two prior occassions.
Judge Jeffrey Donnell set Halverson's trial for Oct. 13-14. Halverson remains free on $10,000 bond at 10 percent cash.