JACKSON, Wyo. — Two Jackson men were arrested on felony drug charges yesterday, Dec. 16 at the home they rent in east Jackson.
William Ian Whipple, 52, is being held on three felony counts: conspiracy to commit controlled substance offense, possession of a controlled substance, possession of controlled substance precursor.
Timothy Jared Ritter, 43, is being held on two felony counts: conspiracy to commit controlled substance offense and possession of controlled substance precursor.
Investigations into Ritter and Whipple began when Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper Landon Call pulled over Ritter on Nov. 10 near Bondurant, according to the affidavit filed on Dec. 15 by Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation Task Force Officer Karson S. Turner.
Ritter had an outstanding warrant for a domestic disturbance from the evening prior, according to the document.
Call contacted Turner to conduct tests on two baggies found in Ritter’s car, one contained a white substance and the other contained a brown-red substance.
According to the affidavit, Turner noted a presumptive positive result for the presence of Psuedophedrine (white powder) and Red Phosphorus (red powder). Both substances are used in the production of methamphetamine.
A search warrant was obtained for the vehicle and potassium iodide crystals, PH strips and two pipes with residue were also found in the car.
Police executed a search warrant at the east Jackson home on Nov. 11 and seized chemicals and materials used to manufacture meth as well as substances thought to be meth, manufactured on-site, according to the affidavit.
Pipes and syringes were found in the bedroom shared by Whipple and Ritter. Text messages were also recovered between Ritter and Whipple that were consistent with the manufacturing distribution and possession of meth.
Teton County Sheriff Matt Carr said while drug busts like this are rare, they have happened before in Jackson. “We had one partial meth lab on High School Butte years ago. It’s safe to say it’s not the first occurrence. While it’s scary and disheartening it does happen.”
Both men are being held at the Teton County Jail without bail pending an initial appearance, scheduled for this afternoon, Dec. 17.
Numerous law enforcement agencies were involved, including The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, The Drug Enforcement Administration, Sublette County Sheriff’s Office, The Jackson Police Department and the Teton County Sheriff’s Office.
Shannon Sollitt contributed to this article.