Wendy Butcher Busted for Meth After Cops Find Her With No Pants

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

There are plenty of ways to get unwanted attention from law enforcement.

But among the quickest is this: Forget to wear pants.

Most of us don't need to be taught this lesson once we've past the age of three. But apparently Wendy Butcher isn't most of us.

Nope, she's our latest Schmuck of the Week, as a result of a meth bust made after she was found letting more than usual hang out.

The incident took place around 10 p.m. on April 14 at 3210 I-70 Business Loop in Mesa County, not far from Grand Junction.

The area is captured in the following interactive graphic. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View on Google Maps."

According to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, a deputy on routine patrol decided to check a car parked in the lot of a business that was closed.

In it, he found Butcher — although she apparently didn't use this moniker right away.

The MCSO says Butcher, 34, "identified herself multiple times with the wrong spelling of her supposed last name."

Her spelling difficulties weren't the first sign that something strange might be going on. Remember the whole no-pants thing?

The deputy's suspicions were further piqued when he looked around the car and located what are described as "multiple identifying documents with different names, social security numbers and more."

That's not all. He also eyeballed drug paraphernalia, along with approximately eighth ounces of meth.

As for why she was in the parking lot, Butcher claimed to have run out of gas after driving from Utah, where she "thought she had a warrant" in her name — or one of her name's, presumably. Her goal was to return to Arkansas, her home state.

She didn't make it. Instead, she was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on suspicion of offenses related to the meth, the paraphernalia and the assorted documents. On top of that, she's suspected of having been driving despite having been denied a license. She's due in court on April 21.

Our advice for that appearance: Wear your pants.

Here's a larger look at Butcher's booking photo.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.