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Cheyenne man faces federal charges of unlawful drug while possessing firearm

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A grand jury has indicted a Cheyenne man with federal drug and firearms possession charges, the Department of Justice announced in a release Thursday.

Troy Michael Painter, 26, faces charges of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl as well as being an unlawful user of a controlled substance while in possession of a firearm.

Painter has been arrested and appeared before United States District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson for an arraignment hearing, pleading not guilty to the charges. A trial has been set for June 27, 2022.

Painter faces between 5 and 40 years’ imprisonment, no less than four years to life of supervised release, up to a $5.25 million fine and a $200 special assessment, the DOJ said.

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A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. The crime was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office.

“An indictment merely contains allegations, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty,” the DOJ said.

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