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Traffic stop leads to methamphetamine arrest in Cheyenne

(Gregory Hirst, Oil City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A routine patrol in Cheyenne resulted in the arrest of a woman with an active warrant and additional drug charges late Wednesday night.

On June 19 at around 9:53 p.m., Officer Bolkovatz observed a white Lincoln with improper registration traveling east on Lincolnway. The vehicle had possibly been involved in a larceny earlier that evening. Officer Bolkovatz initiated a traffic stop at North College Drive and East 12th Street.

The passenger, who refused to identify herself, was later recognized as Kristina Mertes, 43, of Cheyenne. Officer Bolkovatz identified Mertes from previous shoplifting incidents and knew she had an active warrant out of Laramie County. Mertes was asked to exit the vehicle and was placed into handcuffs. Dispatch confirmed the active warrant for a probation violation, according to booking sheets.

The warrant, signed on May 22 by Judge Lee, cited Mertes’s failure to report for drug testing.

Mertes complained of heart pain and was taken by ambulance to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. Afterward, she was taken to the Laramie County Jail. During intake, deputies discovered 5.91 grams of suspected methamphetamine hidden in her underwear.

On June 20 at approximately 3:36 a.m., a field test confirmed the substance was methamphetamine.

Mertes faces multiple possible charges, including felony possession of methamphetamine and probation violation.