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.