Seven Arrested In Recent Drug Busts In Buffalo

Johnson County Sheriff Steve Kozisek

Recent drug busts in Buffalo and Johnson County have netted seven suspects charged with counts ranging from possession to intent to deliver, and have managed to seize the largest amount of methamphetamine ever in Johnson County, according to Sheriff Steve Kozisek.

Kozisek called a press conference on Wednesday to give the details on the recent drug busts, which are the result of months of investigation by the Johnson County Sheriff's Office and the Buffalo Police Department.
The arrests have been made in the last six weeks.

On December 8th, 2015, members of the sheriff's office arrested Shawn Connors, age 46, and Bre Ann Busby, age 22, both of Gillette.
Connors is charged with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance, and one count of conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine.
Busby was charged with one count of delivery of a controlled substance, one count of felony possession of a crystalline methamphetamine, one count of felony possession of liquid methamphetamine, and a misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

As a result of these two arrests, 78 grams of methamphetamine, with a street value of roughly $15,000 was seized. This is the largest one-time seizure of the drug in Johnson County history, according to Sheriff Kozisek.
Also seized was $3,348 in cash.

Connors and Busby are alleged to have made deliveries not only in Buffalo and Johnson County but all over northeast Wyoming.
The State Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is currently investigating where they were getting their supply of drugs.

On January 19th, 2016, sheriff's deputies arrested Steven Johnson, age 56, and Jill Johnson, age 50, both of Buffalo.
Steven Johnson is charged with delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, and felony possession of methamphetamine.
Additionally, he is a parolee from the State of Idaho, where he was convicted of selling controlled substances. He is currently supervised by the Department of Corrections' Probation Office in Buffalo.
Jill Johnson is charged with delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine in a school zone. She is alleged to have been selling the drug within 1,000 feet of a public school. She is further charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of marijuana/methamphetamine.

According to Sheriff Kozisek, the sheriff's office investigation revealed the Johnsons allegedly received one-quarter pound of meth on a monthly basis with a street value, depending on how it is cut, of $10,000 to $22,000.

Also on January 19th, deputies arrested Heather Tempest, age 34, and Christopher Tempest, 31, both of Buffalo.
Heather Tempest was charged with three counts of a controlled substance, Oxycodone.
Chris Tempest was charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, Oxycontin, and one count of delivery of methamphetamine.

The same day deputies arrested Hunter Cardinal, age 19, of Clearmont.
He was charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, Ecstacy, and two counts of delivery of Psilocybin Mushrooms and one count of delivery of marijuana.

The sheriff detailed what drugs were taken off the streets in the busts.

Kozisek said he expects at least two more warrants to be served in the near future, with possibly more warrants for conspiracy or other charges as the investigation continues.

The seven arrested are currently being held in Buffalo, awaiting court appearances.

Sheriff Kozisek commended Deputies Rod Odenbaugh and Pat Monroe and Investigator James Kozisek for their efforts that resulted in the arrests.
Their investigations, along with the cooperation of the Buffalo Police Department began in the fall of 2015 and they put a lot of extra time and effort above and beyond their regular duties to make these arrests.

**See photos below.

Shawn Connors
Bre Ann Busby
Steven Johnson
Jill Johnson
Heather Tempest
Chris Tempest
Hunter Cardinal