26 charged, 16 arrested in local drug investigations


EVANSTON — Local law enforcement have made 16 drug-related arrests since Thursday, March 7. Fifteen were arrested Thursday and one more over the weekend. Ten others have been charged after sweeping drug investigations in Uinta County. Each of the defendants have been charged with either delivery of a controlled substance or conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance. EPD Lt. Ken Pearson said investigators have been working on the cases for the past 12 months.

Methamphetamine was by far the most common denominator among the 16 people arrested so far, totaling 21 charges. Heroin charges totaled five and one man was charged with two offenses related to cocaine. All 16 arrested live in Evanston.

The investigations were conducted jointly by the Evanston Police Department, the Uinta County Sheriff’s Office and the Southwest Enforcement Team of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). 

Those arrested for allegedly delivering or conspiring to deliver controlled substances include:

Heather Hayden, 51, one count each conspiracy to deliver meth and delivery of meth; Kenneth Hanson-Figueroa, 33, one count conspiracy to deliver meth and three counts delivery of meth; Cory Roberts, 35, one count conspiracy to deliver meth; Melanie Harker, 29, one count conspiracy to deliver meth; Tabathe Pepper, 25, one count conspiracy to deliver meth; Meranda Moir, 42, one count delivery of meth; Marcus Delgado, 35, two counts delivery of meth and one count delivery of cocaine; Taryn Martin, 20, two counts delivery of meth; Harley Rhodes, 40, one count conspiracy to deliver heroin; Heidi Anderson, aka Heidi Goodfellow, 38, one count conspiracy to deliver heroin and one count delivery of heroin; Joshua Walker, 39, one count delivery of meth and one count endangering children (related to methamphetamine); Rodney “Bill” Blakeman, 51, one count conspiracy to deliver meth; Amber Dollar, 31, two counts delivery of meth; John Kallbacka, aka Jason Kallbacka, 39, one count conspiracy to deliver meth; Kelly Orton, 39, one count delivery of meth and Robert Finney, 37, two counts delivery of heroin.

Pearson said officers are searching for some of the others who have been charged but not arrested and some are already in custody in different states.

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