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Casper Police Arrest Two After Man Allegedly Reports Stolen Marijuana

Natrona County Detention Center

Two men were arrested for drug possession Tuesday afternoon at a Casper motel after one of them allegedly went to the front desk and said his marijuana was missing from his room.

Eric Shawn Jarrin, 20, and Christopher James Rathe, 27, both Colorado residents, each face a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.

Court documents say an officer was sent to the motel shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday after hotel management told police a guest complained his marijuana, which had been in his room, was missing.

The officer arrived and met with Jarrin, who allegedly said, “I made the report. It was my weed that was stolen,” according to the affidavit.

Jarrin said he was in town with his employer taking inventory at a local grocery store. He got back to the room after work and “wanted to smoke a bowl but couldn’t find his weed,” court documents say.

He said he noticed the beds in the room had been recently made, “so he figured the house keeper [sic] had to steal it so he reported it to the front desk,” the affidavit continues.

Jarrin then waited outside the motel for police to arrive so he could report the theft of his marijuana.

Police interviewed another man traveling with Rathe and Jarrin who evidently was not taken into custody. That man told police that Rathe had the rest of the marijuana the group brought with them from Colorado.

After speaking with that man, Rathe walked up the motel stairs and the officer “could immediately smell the odor of marijuana coming from his clothing.”

Rathe allegedly said he was returning from smoking marijuana outside, as he couldn’t smoke in the motel room.

Rathe retrieved the remainder of the marijuana for the officer, which weighed just less than three grams. He also gave the officer paraphernalia including a pipe and grinder.

Jarrin and Rathe were booked into the Natrona County Detention Center. They will likely make their initial appearances in circuit court Wednesday afternoon.

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