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Man faces felony Methamphetamine charge

Jesse Coolbaugh (courtesy of the Laramie County Sheriff's Department)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A Cheyenne man made his initial court appearance on Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 after being arrested by the Cheyenne Police Department over the previous weekend.

During his appearance in Laramie County Circuit Court, Jesse Coolbaugh was read a felony charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance (3rd Offense) and a misdemeanor charge of Interference with a Peace Officer by Judge Thomas Lee.

Police say that on February 15th, they made contact with Coolbaugh at a business on the 3600 block of Lincolnway in relation to multiple active arrest warrants held against him.

Court documents allege that Coolbaugh took up a fighting stance when officers attempted to arrest him. Upon being tackled to the ground by the arresting officers, Coolbaugh is alleged to have refused to listen to verbal commands and proceeded to kick his legs repeatedly in order to get away from the police.

Eventually the officers say they were able to wrestle Coolbaugh’s hands behind his back and place him in handcuffs.

Law enforcement says that once they had Coolbaugh in custody that they conducted a search of his person. During the search they reportedly located a small plastic jewelry style bag with red and black lettering that said “Stay high” in one of his pockets.

An affidavit filed in the case describes that police discovered a white crystal-like substance that they suspected of being methamphetamine in the bag. The weight of the suspected substance was said to be .5 grams.

Authorities then conducted a chemical test of the substance using a NIK kit, and returned with a presumptive positive for being methamphetamine.

According to law enforcement, a search of Coolbaugh’s criminal history indicated that he had two prior convictions of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Laramie County District Attorney’s Office.