An undercover special agent bought $6,000 worth of drugs from Casey Hardison on Monday night, but when his backup officers moved in to arrest the suspect, Hardison took off.

The exchange almost resulted in two special agents being run over by Hardison, cops reported, and launched a high-speed chase through the town of Jackson.

Monday’s sting was planned after a year of undercover drug deals with Hardison, police said.

A confidential informant bought a pound of marijuana from Hardison in June 2017.

In March an undercover agent met with Hardison and bought 2 pounds of marijuana.

“Hardison opened a black case, which Hardison took from the trunk of his car ... and removed two large, sealed packages of marijuana,” a probable cause affidavit states.

On Monday night at 7:30 the same undercover agent met Hardison and two other people and arranged to buy 3 pounds of marijuana.

The group hung out at a brewery until just after 9 p.m. and moved to a nearby intersection where the undercover officer bought five bags of pot for $6,000.

Other agents of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and detectives of the Teton County Sheriff’s Office moved in and parked to block Hardison’s car, documents state.

Hardison grabbed his steering wheel and started to drive off as police approached.

“Special agents jumped from the path of Hardison’s vehicle to avoid being struck,” court records state.

Police chased Hardison through Jackson.

“As Hardison sped away a brief pursuit was conducted by law enforcement vehicles displaying emergency lights and sirens,” documents state. “Based on Hardison’s actions while driving, high speeds, numerous turns down streets and obvious disregard for the safety of the public, law enforcement ended any further attempts to stop Hardison’s vehicle.”

Hardison has several pending delivery charges in Teton County, police said. A warrant for his arrest was pending Tuesday evening.

Hardison is well known for his drug activity. The 47-year-old is a semi-famous LSD chemist who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for running a European LSD lab, according to a 2004 Vice article.

Hardison was also a witness in a coroner’s inquest into the death of a local artist. Hardison was partying with Anthony Birkholz on the night he died.

Hardison hosted a fundraiser in Jackson after Birkholz died. He also raised money online and promised to donate it to the Buffalo Field Campaign. But the memorial money ended up in police custody in Idaho after Hardison was arrested there last year for drug possession.

The charges were later dismissed and prosecutors there said the cash was returned to Hardison. But employees at the Buffalo Field Campaign said they’ve never received the promised donation. Hardison said in January that he planned to raise the money by hosting an online blotter art sale, but an organizer said the sale didn’t go as planned.

“I will keep raising money for the Buffalo Field Campaign as long as they exist and as long as I do,” Hardison told the News&Guide then.

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066, or @JHNGcourts.

Emily Mieure covers criminal justice and emergency news. She also leads the News&Guide’s investigative efforts. She has reported for WDRB TV in Louisville, Ky., WFIE TV in Evansville, Ind., and WEIU TV in Charleston, Ill.

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(6) comments

Deputy Johnny Justice

Ken, you hit it on the nose. Crooked cops all the way. No warrants ever issued. Just stole my medicine and money. Don't listen to Emily, she's like 12 years old and a "crime beat reporter" in Jackson Hole. She has no idea how crooked LOE are. It's insidious and pervasive police corruption is. Bet she dates a cop. That evidence is GONE with the money and spent on hookers and drugs. Cops are criminals looking in the mirror..

Gregory Miles

No doubt this clown needs to spend time in jail.. repeatedly doing stupid stuff and endangering human lives. However I feel like this article is trying to make marijuana the real culprit here or at least an accomplice. The articles headline sensationalizes this, and that’s unfortunate. Marijuana for recreation and medical CBD oil, hemp for all of the great products that can be manufactured from it should be legal. Report the facts of the case. The weed is guilty of nothing quit demonizing it.

Rick Bell

Dope on dope, fleeing the Police without regard to the safety of others is despicable.

Michael Ganey

What a waste of my tax money... free the weed !! When will the good people of this state legalize the healing herb.. CBD kills cancer , stops Seizures and helps with ptsd and just by a simple plant the the good lord made and at the end of that day he sed itt was GOOD... stop spending money on fighting the herb and start spending on education for those uneducated people who think it’s a” terrible drug epidemic “ and sting operations are Essentially entrapment..

Ken Chison

A lot of holes in this story. Is the money and the dope gone? Maybe the cops should be investigated.

Emily Mieure Staff
Emily Mieure

Hi Ken, the drugs are being tested at the state lab and when they're not they are kept in evidence storage in Afton, according to documents. Thanks for reading.

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