A 43-year-old Cheyenne transient is facing a felony charge after jailers reportedly found a bag of methamphetamine in her underwear.

According to a booking sheet, Kristina Mari Mertes was arrested at 9:53 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, after a police officer stopped the vehicle she was riding in at North College Drive and East 12th Street.

The officer says the vehicle didn't have proper registration and was involved in a larceny earlier in the evening.

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The officer says Mertes refused to identify herself, but she knew her based on previous shoplifting calls and knew she had an active warrant out of Laramie County.

The warrant, confirmed by dispatch, was for probation violation for failing to report for drug testing as required and was signed by Circuit Court Judge Thomas Lee on May 22, 2024.

Traffic Stop Leads Jailers to Find Meth in Woman's Underwear

Mertes was reportedly taken by ambulance to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center for heart pain and then taken to the Laramie County Detention Center for booking.

While at the jail, deputies reportedly found a 3x5-inch clear plastic bag containing 5.91 grams of crystal methamphetamine in her underwear.

Mertes was booked on her warrant as well as a single count of felony possession of methamphetamine.

She's scheduled to be seen in Circuit Court tomorrow, June 21, at 1:30 p.m.


Mertes was seen in Circuit Court on Friday afternoon, June 21, on her warrant as well as charges of felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor theft, and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance in powder or crystalline form.

Her bond was set at $5,000 cash and her preliminary hearing was scheduled for June 28 at 9:45 a.m.

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