Moschonas to appear for change of plea on four drug-related charges

SHERIDAN — Nicholas Moschonas will appear in 4th Judicial District Court Sept. 12 for a change of plea hearing regarding charges of intent to deliver and delivering marijuana and methamphetamine.

He pleaded not guilty to all counts May 9. Moschonas signed a plea agreement Aug. 30, court documents said.

In exchange for pleading guilty to counts one and three, possession with intent to deliver and delivering methamphetamine within 500 feet of a school zone, the court would potentially dismiss counts two and four, intent to deliver and delivery of marijuana within 500 feet of a school zone.

The agreement stipulates Moschonas would be sentenced to five to seven years in the Wyoming State Penitentiary, concurrent to sentences from other criminal cases out of Campbell County and Colorado.

The agreement includes a note that criminal charges will not be sought related to Moschonas’ alleged possession of a firearm when he was arrested.

On April 16, a confidential informant told law enforcement officers that Moschonas was a drug dealer, which led to a surveillance operation.

DCI agents directed a CI to arrange a meeting with Moschonas to purchase suspected controlled substances. The CI was sent to the meeting with pre-recorded buy funds and a body wire.

After purchasing the substances, the CI informed law enforcement of the presence of methamphetamine and drug-related paraphernalia. Documents said Moschonas was known to be staying at Sierra Cannon’s apartment.

When Sheridan Police Department, Wyoming Highway Patrol and DCI officers entered Cannon’s apartment, Moschonas was arrested on the Colorado warrant.

Cannon was in the apartment when officers entered and was initially arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

Cannon was charged with one count of intent to deliver methamphetamine within 500 feet of a school zone and possession with intent to deliver marijuana within 500 feet of a school zone April 18.

Count one carries potential punishment of up to 20 years incarceration and a $25,000 fine. Count two carries up to 10 years incarceration and a $10,000 fine.

Cannon initially pleaded not guilty to both charges June 4 but changed her pleas to guilty July 30. Cannon is scheduled to appear for sentencing in district court Sept. 26.

 

Man to serve 15 days for defrauding drug test

SHERIDAN — Kolter Kekich changed his plea to guilty in Sheridan County Circuit Court Sept. 10 on a charge of defrauding a drug test.

He was sentenced to 15 days in jail with credit for two days served.

Sheridan Deputy County and Prosecuting Attorney Christopher LaRosa said this is his second offense for defrauding a drug test.

Kekich was arrested Aug. 7 after law enforcement learned Kekich attempted to defraud a drug test using fake urine at the probation and parole office, court documents said.

Kekich told officers the yellow liquid inside a bottle in his possession that he intended to use in place of urine was water and food coloring.

Kekich told officers he found a morphine pill in his house two days prior to his arrest and had taken it. Knowing his drug test at probation and parole would be positive, he attempted to defraud the test.

He was initially arrested on an outstanding arrest and hold order from probation and parole.