Police seeing a ‘smorgasbord’ of illegal drugs

Via the Wyoming News Exchange

POWELL (WNE) — In his 35 years in law enforcement, “there’s always been one drug that’s been predominant,” said Powell Police Chief Roy Eckerdt. 


However, that’s not the case right now. 


While his department knows fentanyl is spreading across the state, “it’s almost … a level playing field in what we’re seeing. It’s not limited to or predominantly cannabis, or heroin or meth,” Eckerdt said. “Meth still has a strong presence in the state, but we’re seeing everything.” 


He referenced a case from earlier this month, in which a Colorado woman was caught with a variety of controlled substances at the Super 8 Motel. 


In a March 12 search of Rosalie M. Hosking’s suite, Powell police say they found more than 38 grams of crack and powder cocaine, 17 grams of meth, 1.5 ounces of hallucinogenic mushrooms and THC hash and five marijuana joints; some of the narcotics had reportedly been stashed inside hairspray bottles with a false top. 


“It’s a smorgasbord,” Eckerdt said of the drugs that Powell police are encountering. 


Hosking stands charged with three felony and two misdemeanor counts of possessing a controlled substance. Park County Circuit Court Judge Joey Darrah initially set her bond at $150,000 cash, but later lowered it to $50,000 cash or surety. 


Hosking made bail on March 23 and is now free as she awaits an arraignment in Park County District Court.


This story was published on March 28, 2023.


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