Good Hunch nets Marijuana,

Black Tar

Deputy Nathan Cobb Stops Out of State Vehicle,

Arrests Three on Drug, Weapons Charges

Photos courtesy of Cimarron County Sheriff’s Office

A routine traffic stop two miles east of Keyes on Highway 56 Saturday night led to the arrest of three and the discovery of marijuana and heroin valued at nearly $1,000.

Cimarron County Deputy Nathan Cobb, stopped a 1998 ford Mustang being driven by Terry J. Charley, and occupied by another male, Nathan Bannenberg and a female, Rayannen Bentley.

Seeing the vehicle was occupied three times, Cobb called for backup, and Deputy Derek Kincannon and OHP Trooper Duane Johnson both responded.

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According to an affidavit filed by Cobb, he learned that Charley was driving a borrowed vehicle on a license suspended for a 2007 DUI charge.

Cobb then inquired if either of the passengers held a valid license, and Bentley responded that she did. Consequently Cobb ran her Wisconsin license and it came back valid.

However, while Cobb was writing Charley’s citation, Bentley exited the vehicle, and asked how much longer they would be. Cobb ordered Bentley back into the vehicle, and she complied.

After completing the citation, Cobb asked Charley if there was anything illegal in the car, i.e. money, narcotics, or weapons. Charley responded that to his knowledge there was nothing illegal in the vehicle. At that time, Cobb asked for the driver’s consent to search the vehicle and to use a K-9 dog, whereupon, Charley gave permission for the search. Cobb then asked permission from Bentley and Bannenberg, and they too agreed to the search.

Trooper Johnson was the first of the two backup officers to arrive.

According to Johnson’s affidavit, on his arrival, Cobb took his K-9, partner, Xantos, from his vehicle, and at that time, Bentley again exited the Mustang. She then said she was leaving and that she “…had nothing to do with what was in the car.”

Cobb and Johnson both ordered Bentley back into the vehicle, and continued to repeat the order until Johnson informed her she was under arrest. When he moved to restrain and handcuff her, Bentley began to struggle. After two attempts to handcuff Bentley, Johnson administered “pepper spray”, and then handcuffed her.

Johnson then removed Bannenberg from the vehicle, and preceded with a pat down search. During this search, Johnson found on Bannenberg, a small plastic bag with a dark substance consistent with black tar heroin, two weapons, and a container containing marijuana cigarettes.

Meanwhile, Cobb, accompanied by Xantos began a search of the vehicle. The dog alerted on the driver’s side door and continued around the vehicle. Charley advised Cobb that the two bags in the passenger compartment belonged to Bannenberg and Bentley and that his bags were in the trunk of the car.

By this time, Deputy Kincannon had arrived on the scene, and he assisted Cobb in removing the bags from the passenger compartment of the Mustang. Inside a large duffle bag, Cobb found a coffee can and in the can a leafy substance thought to be marijuana was found. Kincannon and Cobb asked the two passengers and the driver to whom the material belonged and no one claimed possession, and all three were placed under arrest.

Kincannon brought the large bag to the Cimarron County Sheriff’s Office and made a more thorough search and found more green leafy substance and more already bottled and some in a beef jerky can. All the leafy material field tested positive for marijuana and the black substance field tested as heroin.

Sheriff Keith Borth, told The Boise City News that the estimated street value of the drugs were $400 for the marijuana and $200-$300 on the heroin.

Charley was initially booked into the Cimarron County Jail on charges of driving on a suspended license, and possession of marijuana, on a bond of $36,000. After the investigation was taken further, the marijuana charge was dropped and Charley pled guilty to the DUS charge and was bonded out.

Rayannen Bentley was initially charged with obstruction of an officer, possession of a schedule 1 controlled dangerous substance, drug paraphernalia, and transportation to distribute a controlled dangerous substance. Her bond of $37,000 was raised to $40,000 after a court appearance.

Nathan Bannenberg was initially charged with two counts of carrying a dangerous weapon, (a knife and a striking weapon), possession of a schedule 1 controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, transportation and possession with the intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance; his $39,000 bond was also increased to $40,000. During a court appearance, Bannenberg was informed by Associate District Judge Ronald Kincannon that any possible sentence he might receive if eventually found guilty would be enhanced due to a May, 2004 arrest in Michigan for possession of marijuana.

What Is Black Tar Heroin??

by C.F. David

With the discovery of marijuana and black tar heroin this last Saturday night, and the subsequent arrest of two, this could well be the first time black tar heroin has reared it’s head in Cimarron County.

According to research on a drug rehab website, (, black tar heroin is produced exclusively in Mexico. Distribution into the United States is usually through Southern California, and it moves throughout the U.S. The production and distribution is almost always Mexican Criminal organizations Mexican-American street gangs. It might appear to either be a small piece of coal, or sticky roofing tar, its color and consistency will depend on its manufacturing method(s), and its purity will vary from 20 to 80 percent, this potential potency makes it dangerous to users.

It is usually dissolved diluted and injected, which with it, brings a whole new rainbow of potential problems including HIV and or Hepatitis. The high from the injection will last from two to four hours.

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8 responses »

  1. John says:

    I was wondering if anyone has any information as to why the driver, Terry J. Charley, was not charged with trafficking as well and was “let off the hook.”

  2. boisecitynews2 says:

    Terry picked the two up hitch-hiking in Arizona. He had no knowledge what was in their bags. Which shows if you try to help someone out now-a-days it might come back and bite you in the _ _ _.

  3. Interested says:

    I am interested in this case. Does anyone have any more information? Like the amount of marijuana, or amount of heroin? Those things are very important yet strangly left out.

  4. annoyed says:

    It is interesting how the Boise City Newspaper was so quick to assume guilt and forget about every American’s right to hold the status of innocent UNTIL proven guilty. Amazingly enough the ALLEGED heroin,upon being tested in a laboratory by an actual chemist, tested negative as heroin. A correction to such a defamatory assumption will surely be printed in next week’s issue, right?

  5. boisecitynews2 says:

    We just got the last word from the D.A.. I now can post what we know about this case. I’ve done some background on Miss. Bentley, She is into the environment!
    I hope she can get over this set back and get back on her cause. D.S.

  6. none says:

    Miss Bentley isn’t very intelligent for acting as she did with the officers. She has a drug problem wether she is into the environment or not! Not to mention other issues she most likely has. The comments here seem very biased, no matter the cause she was a jointly guilty acting party in all this!

  7. Harold Smith says:

    Good hunch nets marijuana and black tar heroin? How about amending this post? The stuff turned out to be not black tar heroin but hashish, a marijuana product. Rayannen is a devoted public advocate for change and serves on local government. This blog article states that she was caught with HEROIN which is a false statement. Congrats on your “Good hunch” as it seriously darkened Rayannen’s chances of being her career in environment law. Nice “Good hunch.” NO HEROIN INVOLVED JUST MARIJUANA

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