Wyoming city councilman faces drug charge

2012-04-24T22:00:00Z 2012-04-24T22:05:43Z Wyoming city councilman faces drug chargeBy JEREMY PELZER Star-Tribune capital bureau Casper Star-Tribune Online

CHEYENNE — Buffalo City Councilman Justin Gerard could face up to 10 years in prison after police said they found two ounces of marijuana that he intended to sell in his car.

Gillette police allegedly found the drugs after Gerard, 26, was pulled over the morning of April 17 for tailgating and speeding on Interstate 90 just outside of town, according to Campbell County Undersheriff Scott Matheny.

Following the stop by a Campbell County sheriff’s deputy, a Gillette police K-9 unit was called in and reportedly found a gallon-sized Ziploc bag filled with individually wrapped quarter-ounce bags of marijuana, Matheny said.

Gerard initially said he was going to give the marijuana to a friend in Gillette, Matheny said. But once in custody, he admitted to state investigators that he planned to sell the drugs, according to Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation operations commander Forrest Williams.

Gerard has been charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and could face up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. He was released on $2,500 bond earlier this week, according to Matheny.

Authorities will decide sometime next week when to schedule a preliminary hearing, according to the Campbell County Circuit Court clerk’s office.

Gerard, the communications and community outreach coordinator for the Wyoming Wilderness Association, is the newest member of the Buffalo City Council, having been appointed Dec. 20 by the other council members to succeed Bruce Hepp, who died in October. His appointment runs through the end of the year, though he told SheridanMedia.com earlier this year that he planned to run for a full term this November.

Gerard didn’t return a phone call seeking comment Tuesday. A phone call to Buffalo City Hall on Tuesday wasn’t answered, though the Buffalo Bulletin reported Thursday that nothing had yet been determined as to Gerard’s standing with the council.

Contact capital bureau reporter Jeremy Pelzer at 307-632-1244 or jeremy.pelzer@trib.com

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