Man arrested after witness report him using meth in parked van

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Calls to emergency dispatch about a man “shooting up meth” in a parked van, has led the to the drug possession arrest of a man in Casper.

Officials with the Casper Police Department say that 34-year-old Thaddeus Duffy was arrested and booked on recommended charges of Controlled Substance Possession and Controlled Substance Possession- Methamphetamine.

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The calls reporting the suspicious behavior came in just after 11:00 pm, Monday November 13th. Witnesses reported that they suspected a man was doing drugs in a parked van. The reporting party gave a description of the van, including that the back window had been broken out and replaced with plastic.

Police say that they located the suspect vehicle on the 2000 block of Preserve Circle, near the intersection of East 21st Street and South Missouri Avenue. Officers made contact with Duffy, who police say appeared to be moving about in the rear of the van.

An arrest affidavit describes that police observed a telephone and small metal object, near the suspect van. The small metal object was initially identified by police as being a grinder that is typically used for marijuana.

When questioned, officers say that Duffy said that the phone and the grinder both belonged to him, and police further say that Duffy confessed that he used the grinder for “weed.”

Some marijuana was found in the grinder.

Police searched the Duffy vehicle, after asking permission to do so.  According to the police affidavit, the search yielded two spoons with suspected methamphetamine residue on them, and one broken syringe.

Duffy was transported to the Natrona County Detention Center without incident.  However, it is noted in the arrest affidavit, that a small measuring spoon, with white powder residue on it, was located on Duffy’s person, inside the jail.

All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.

A book-in photo for Duffy was not provided to media.