Lander woman caught in meth and money laundering scheme with Cheyenne couple

A Lander woman could face up to 40 years in prison and/or $1.5 million in fines now that she’s been charged in federal court with Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and Conspiracy to Launder Money.

Denise Nelson-Marchetti, 46, was arrested at a home on Poppy Street on Wednesday afternoon. She’s charged alongside two other co-defendants in a meth distribution scheme. Her co-defendants are Alonzo Burkes and Gwennellyn Jackson, both of Cheyenne. Jackson faces the same charges as Nelson-Marchetti.

Burkes faces those two as well as a charge of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine after being caught with a significant amount of controlled substances in Albany County in July.

In a Grand Jury Indictment, it is alleged that Burkes would drive to California to pick up meth, cocaine, and marijuana for Wyoming distribution. One of the distributors is reportedly Nelson-Marchetti.

The trio would use coded conversations on cell phones to arrange sales. Court documents indicate that Burkes would either sell or front the drugs to Nelson-Marchetti.

During a front transfer Nelson-Marchetti would use “Walmart2Walmart” money transfers from the store in Riverton and use Jackson’s name, and Jackson would retrieve the money for Burkes. Transactions and drug deals occurring in April, June and July of this year are mentioned in the indictment.

A photo of Nelson-Marchetti was not immediately available.

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