Oil field worker denies possessing 174 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, 24 grams of cocaine and 47 grams of marijuana on Interstate 90

By 
Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, July 19, 2018
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An Idaho man has denied transporting cocaine across Stillwater County.

Randy Paul Gasper, 26, appeared in 22nd Judicial District Court last Thursday and denied felony charges of criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and having property subject to forfeiture. He also pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor counts of a third DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Gasper is charged with possessing 174 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, 24 grams of cocaine and 47 grams of marijuana.

With no objection from Still-water County Deputy Attorney Peter Delmoe, Gasper was allowed to remain free pending the resolution of the case, but given strict conditions to which he must adhere.

Gasper is an Idaho resident who works the oil fields in North Dakota, said his attorney Rob Stevens during the hearing.

THE CASE

In January 2018, Gasper was stopped on I-90 by Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palen when the trooper saw Gasper’s SUV had no front license plate and that the vehicle was jerking from side to side, according to court documents filed by prosecutors.

The trooper noted that Gasper could not find his registration or insurance information and “was visibly distracted and unable to multitask,” according to court documents.

The trooper asked Gasper to step out of the vehicle so he could check him for weapons, at which point Gasper “became threatening in his body language, refusing Trooper Palen’s order three times and tensing his muscles,” according to court documents.

Trooper Palin applied “arm force” to turn Gasper around and at that point, Gasper reportedly said “he had cocaine in his pants.”

The trooper retrieved the cocaine from Gasper’s pants, and Gapser told him that he also had “shrooms and weed” in the vehicle, but refused to give his permission to have the vehicle searched. When Trooper Palin told Gasper he would be seeking a search warrant for the vehicle, Gasper reportedly said “Damn, it’s a lot too,” according to court documents.

Gasper was taken to the Stillwater Billings Clinic for a blood draw and then to the Stillwater County Sheriff’s Office, where a Drug Recognition Evaluation was performed.

That assessment concluded that Gasper “was under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant and was not able to safely to operate a motor vehicle,” according to court documents. Gasper was then taken to the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.

A search warrant was obtained the following day and yielded the following:

- CBD infused edibles were found in a black backpack

-Multiple items of paraphernalia used in the consumption and packaging of cocaine, namely a razorblade, a rollcd up hundred-dollar bill and a credit card with residue on it.

- Cocaine residue on a metal travel cup

- A laptop computer, a cell phone, a pocketknife, and multiple zip-top bags containing drug residue

In all, found were 174 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, 24 grams of cocaine, 47 grams of marijuana divided up into small zip-top baggies and CBD infused edibles called “Chill Gummies” and “Relax Gum-mies,” according to court documents.

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