A Laramie man accused of having controlled substances around minors pleaded not guilty Monday in District Court to child endangerment.
Shannon Edward Stevenson, 41, faces one felony count of endangering children with a controlled substance, a charge that carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine upon conviction.
Trial was set for March 1-2 and Stevenson is out on a $10,000 signature bond.
According to court documents, on Aug. 11, a Laramie Police Department detective was following up on a lead from an unrelated investigation and planned to serve a warrant on a third party.
The detective interacted with Stevenson, who was staying at a home in Albany County, and allegedly found a hypodermic needle with suspected liquid methamphetamine in the defendant’s waistband.
The home’s tenant gave permission for the detective to search for additional controlled substances, and the subsequent search revealed more hypodermic needles with suspected methamphetamine residue, three jewelers’ bags with suspected residue and suspected methamphetamine shards, multiple broken glass pipes with suspected methamphetamine residue and three plastic canisters with suspected marijuana particles and burnt marijuana residue, the documents state.
At the time of the investigation, a 5-year-old child was present in the home, and the detective learned the previous day, an unsupervised 15-year-old was in the home and had access to the substances, the documents state. An 11-year-old was also allegedly in the home at various times.
The substances were not locked up or stowed in a manner inaccessible to children, according to the documents.
During a police interview, Stevenson reportedly admitted to using the hypodermic needles for methamphetamine and indicated his significant other used methamphetamine and knew about the methamphetamine in the home, documents state.