A Utah man
charged with two felonies of delivery of
methamphetamine after detectives tracked his
truck to Sublette County requested a jury trial
in Ninth District Court.
On Aug. 22, James M. “Monte” Ginn
pleaded not guilty to five charges total – the
two felony charges as well as misdemeanor
possession of meth, driving under the influence
of a controlled substance and driving
with a suspended license, according to court
District Judge Marv Tyler reduced Ginn’s
Circuit Court bond from $10,000 cash or
surety to $2,500 cash only with a stipulation
to wear a tracking device.
The 12-person jury trial is set for Jan. 13,
2020, and is expected to last four and a half
days. A pretrial conference is set for Dec. 13;
his file says if a plea agreement is reached, a
separate hearing will be scheduled via court
Ginn was arrested July 31 after being
stopped while driving his Nissan pickup truck
on Highway 189, according to court records.
Also present were Wyoming Highway Patrol
Trooper Brandon Deckert and K-9 Jager, detectives
Karson Turner and Danielle Cooper
and Deputy Crystal Mansur, according to affidavits.
Ginn is charged with delivering meth “on
or about January 2019.”
Cooper’s affidavit says that in March, detectives
learned from a “known but not identified
source of information” or SOI that two
men were allegedly buying meth from Ginn,
who reportedly traveled twice a month to Layton,
Utah, and back to Sublette County. It says
that he allegedly sold meth to the men, who
lived in the same trailer park.
In April, one man allegedly said he bought
meth from Ginn twice a month including in or
around January and that Ginn reportedly drove
to Utah to buy it, according to court records.
Detectives requested and received a “tracker
warrant” so Ginn’s travels with his truck
would be logged and his whereabouts known,
an affidavit says.
Deputy Mansur was asked to stop Ginn because
his Utah license was suspended in April;
Trooper Deckert and Jager conducted a sniff
search that resulted in finding two alleged
meth pipes and baggies with a white residue.
Deckert led Ginn through field sobriety tests
and concluded he was incapable of driving
safely. He was arrested and booked into the
Sublette County Jail.