Man arrested on recommended meth possession charge during stop

Mark A Bellanger, courtesy of the Casper Police Dept.

Casper police say that a man was arrested on a recommended drug possession charge, among others, after the man’s vehicle was called in as being suspicious.

According to an arrest affidavit, Casper police contacted 29-year-old Mark Belanger, in his vehicle, near the 4100 block of Centennial Hills Boulevard. Police saying that a complaint had come in dying that Belanger had been following the reporting party.

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Belanger is said to have denied this to officers, saying that he hoped to pick up his child from a nearby school.

Police describe Belanger as being very nervous and sweating profusely during the initial contact. Officers also say that the vehicle’s registration did not match the vehicle Belanger was driving. Belanger claimed that he had recently bought the vehicle from someone else, and had not had time to change the plates.

Belanger also failed to produce a valid drivers license, registration, or proof of insurance, according to the police affidavit.

After a brief investigation, officers discovered that Belanger had a warrant for his arrest out of Mills.

During the arrest, officers say that a glass pipe was discovered on the floorboard of the vehicle. Residue in the pipe later tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine.

Belanger was arrested and faces recommended charges of Failure to Appear, Altering Registration, Failure to Maintain Insurance, and Controlled Substance Possession- Methamphetamine.

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.