Culwell pleads not guilty to marijuana sale

SUBLETTE COUNTY – A Pinedale woman charged with possessing and delivering marijuana pleaded not guilty to both at her 9th District Court arraignment on March 18.

Mariah Culwell requested a jury trial that is not yet scheduled. She is accused of the felony delivery of a controlled substance to a confidential informant between Aug. 2-3, 2020, and of misdemeanor marijuana possession, according to an affidavit by Detective Danielle Cooper.

In it, Cooper said she was told on July 21, 2020, by “a number of individuals” that Culwell was using controlled substances. The confidential informant contacted Culwell on Feb. 2 and set up a controlled buy for a quarter-ounce of marijuana at $120 using preapproved “buy funds.”

The informant was wired and given $200 to buy the marijuana “and any additional illegally controlled substances, according to Cooper’s affidavit. The informant reportedly paid $180 for three baggies of marijuana weighing 16.65 grams, it says. The informant then gave the marijuana to Detective Cooper.

Culwell was arrested, appeared in Circuit Court and waived her preliminary hearing. She paid $5,000 cash for her release, which includes conditions for random and regular alcohol and controlled substance testing, according to court records.

At her District Court arraignment, deputy county attorney Stan Cannon told Judge Marv Tyler that on Feb. 23, Culwell tested positive for THC. Public defender Rachel Weksler said the random and regular testing condition was already part of Culwell’s release conditions.

Judge Tyler continued those conditions and will set a jury trial.