A wanted Cheyenne man is behind bars after police say they found drugs inside his car.

According to a booking sheet, 42-year-old Daniel Ray Abeyta Jr. was arrested at the Chick-fil-A at 4435 Windmill Rd. at 6:09 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, after police were called to the restaurant for a REDDI report.

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Cheyenne Man With Active Warrant Arrested After Police K-9 Sniffs Out Drugs

Police say when they contacted Abeyta, who was sitting in a white Nissan Altima, he initially identified himself as Dominic Abeyta.

After spotting a small plastic jewelry bag containing suspected fentanyl pills on the front center console, Officer Koeppel arrived with her K-9 partner, Tyler, and the dog alerted on the car near the middle driver's side door seam.

When police searched the car, they reportedly found more suspected fentanyl pills inside a small metal vile and two suspected THC vape pen cartridges.

Police say the total weight of the suspected fentanyl pills was approximately 3.29 grams.

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After obtaining Abeyta's true identity, police discovered he had an active warrant out of Cheyenne Municipal Court for failure to appear on an original charge of shoplifting. The warrant was signed by Judge David Singleton on May 9, 2023, with no bond.

Abeyta was booked into the Laramie County Detention Center on his warrant as well as charges of felony possession of fentanyl, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and misdemeanor interference with a peace officer - no injury.

As of 1:20 p.m. Monday, he had yet to be formally charged.


Abeyta was charged with felony possession of fentanyl and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

He made his initial appearance in Laramie County Circuit Court on Tuesday morning, during which his bond was set at $3,000 cash and his preliminary hearing was scheduled for March 11 at 10 a.m.

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