By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
A man and woman were arrested earlier this month after a Campbell County sheriff’s deputy found them in possession of more than 1,000 fentanyl pills and eight pounds of methamphetamine outside of Gillette.
Rondell Yokenya Baker, 30, of Bakersfield, California, and Amelia Raymonique Adams, 24, of Las Vegas, Nevada were arrested on March 2 and were charged with three counts of possession of methamphetamine, cocaine and fentanyl with intent to deliver and three counts of possession of a controlled substance for the three drugs.
The two were formally charged in state district court in Campbell County on March 11.
Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Louey Williams told Cowboy State Daily on Monday that it was estimated Baker and Adams had almost 1,100 fentanyl pills inside of the vehicle.
“From what they told officers at the time, they were traveling to North Dakota,” Williams said. “I think a lot of the reason they were going up there was because of the big oil patch up in North Dakota.”
According to court documents, a Campbell County sheriff’s deputy pulled over the vehicle Baker was driving the night of March 2 after he saw them speeding in 45 mph zone. He approached the vehicle on the passenger side and saw Baker as the driver and Adams in the passenger seat.
The deputy had Baker step out of the 2020 Dodge Journey and get into his patrol car while he wrote a warning for speeding. Another deputy, along with his K9 partner, arrived on scene and the dog indicated there was something of interest inside the vehicle.
Adams “immediately” attempted to exit the car several times, but was told to remain inside. When she exited the vehicle, she handed a deputy a small dispensary container with a small amount of marijuana inside.
Both Baker and Adams were searched and placed into separate patrol cars.
While searching the vehicle, a deputy found a floral-patterned backpack inside of a large blue duffel bag in the trunk of the car. Inside of the backpack were two vacuum-sealed packages of meth.
Another backpack inside of the trunk contained a black bank cash money bag, which contained a vacuum-sealed package of cocaine and a vacuum-sealed bag containing a large quantity of small blue pills with the stamp “M30” on them. The pills were identified as fentanyl.
Williams said while the number of pills seized represented a significant amount of fentanyl, there was a case in Sheridan where someone was found with more than 10,000 pills.
“I would say we have seen more fentanyl cases in the last three years,” Williams said.
He said that the street value of the drugs seized in early March would be about $50,000 per pound of methamphetamine, totaling $400,000, and about $27,000 for the bag of fentanyl pills.