Women face child endangerment charge, after police allege drug possession

Bessie M Sotelo and Lisa A. Asire, Courtesy of the Casper Police Dept.

Two women are under arrest facing recommended charges of Child Endangerment with drugs, after an investigation by Casper Police, and agents with Probation and Parole.

According to jail records, Lisa A. Asire and Bessie M. Sotelo were booked into the Natrona County Detention Center during the afternoon of December 5th, on Charges of Child Endangering with Drugs. Asire also faces additional recommended charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance-Meth, and a Hold for the Office of Probation and Parole.

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According to court paperwork, Police responded to a private residence of Riverbend Drive, at the request of Wyoming P&P agents. The agency advised officers that Asire, who was noted as being on probation for controlled substances, had returned a positive drug test.

Police say that Sotelo was at the home with Asire, and that two children were present at the home as well. Officers also note that police had responded to the home for a welfare check the previous night, where all four individuals had been present at the home. Police also note that Asire did not appear to be under the influence of controlled substances during that welfare check.

During questioning, Sotelo said that she had recently moved into the residence and that she was unaware of any drug use by Asire. Sotelo also denied using any controlled substances herself, and stated she had been staying in the basement bedroom with the two juveniles.

Police note that a search of Sotelo’s room did not yield anything of evidentiary value.

An arrest affidavit says that Asire initially was adamant that she had not used any drugs in the recent past, and could not explain the positive test. However, police say that Asire later admitted to using methamphetamine the previous Friday at a friend’s residence. Police also say that Asire said there “should” have been no drugs in the residence.

Following a search of the home, police say they found approximately 30 used syringes in the home, and specifically say that one syringe with the needle still attached was located near where Asire slept, and field-tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine.

A report says that 20 of the syringes were found in a large, plastic container in the laundry room of the home.

Also found was a small candy container, and inside officers report finding a small soon with suspected methamphetamine residue.

Police say, in the affidavit of probable cause, that several of the areas where police found needles or other evidence were within 15 feet of the basement bedroom where the juveniles were believed to be staying.

According to police Sotelo agreed to a urine test, which came bag positive for methamphetamine. Sotelo was described as being adamant that she did not use methamphetamine, and believed she may have picked up residue while cleaning the residence. She is further reported to have told police that she admitted to seeing a red sharps container, plus loose syringes scattered throughout the residence, and stated that she should have gotten rid of them or called law enforcement.

Asire was also reported to say that she had no knowledge of needles being used for methamphetamine and blamed other people who had been at the residence.

Both women were arrested.

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.