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Cheyenne man arrested on meth possession, multiple warrants

Laramie County Sheriff Vehicles (Lisa Hushbeck/Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A routine traffic stop on May 12 led to the arrest of Charles Swank, a man wanted on multiple warrants. Laramie County Sheriff’s Deputy Martinez conducted the stop on the 500 block of Avenue D at approximately 8:55 p.m.

As Deputy Martinez approached the vehicle, Swank, 54, exited and fled. The officer recognized him from previous encounters and knew he had an outstanding warrant.

“I began to yell at Charles to stop as he ran from the car,” Martinez stated in the booking sheet.

During the pursuit, Swank reached inside his coat, prompting Martinez to tackle him. Martinez secured Swank with handcuffs. A check with dispatch revealed Swank had three warrants.

The first warrant, signed by Judge Campbell on Nov. 20, 2023, was for failure to appear in district court. The second warrant, also for failure to appear, involved a preliminary hearing related to theft. The third was for failing to pay a $50 fine for leaving the scene of an accident.

A subsequent search of Swank uncovered 14.5 grams of suspected methamphetamine, according to booking sheets. Martinez transported Swank to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center for jail clearance before booking him into Laramie County Detention Center without incident.

Swank now faces charges including interference with a peace officer, felony possession of methamphetamine and third or subsequent possession of a controlled substance. At his initial court appearance May 14, he was set a $5,000 bond on a bond revocation and a separate $5,000 bond on the new felony charge. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 23.