DATE: MONDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2009
Cheyenne Due to treacherous winter weather conditions numerous
roadways in Wyoming were closed to public travel on Christmas day. In
particular, was Interstate 80 both eastbound and westbound lanes between
Cheyenne and Laramie. The blowing and drifting snow at the higher
elevation between Cheyenne and Laramie made snow clearing operations and
driving conditions extremely hazardous. The roadway was officially
closed on Christmas day just before 3:00 a.m.
That road closure on Interstate 80, however, did not keep one
individual from attempting to deliver his Christmas presents on time.
The Christmas presents contained just over 5 pounds of high grade
marijuana with a street value of approximately $13,500.00.
A Trooper checking Interstate 80 for a missing local motorist noticed
the eastbound vehicle traveling on the closed road just after 9:00 a.m.
The Trooper noticed that the vehicle had out of state registration
plates which meant it was not a local resident coming to town.
The Trooper contacted the driver of the vehicle approximately 1 mile
west of Cheyenne. The driver seemed extremely nervous while conversing
with the Trooper which raised the Troopers suspicions about the alleged
trip. When the Trooper advised the driver, 28 year-old Jared L.
Frisinger from Fortuna, California, that he was going to run a drug
sniffing K-9 around the rental vehicle Frisinger offered up a rolled
joint of marijuana.
Troopers then searched Frisingers vehicle and found two boxes in the
back seat that were wrapped as Christmas presents. Upon opening the two
presents the Troopers found plastic bags of high grade marijuana inside.
Frisinger was arrested and has been charged with felony possession of a
controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with
intent to deliver. He was also cited for traveling on a closed road.
At this point in the investigation it is believed that Frisinger was
coming from Eureka, California with a final delivery of the marijuana
load in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Frisinger made his initial court appearance in Laramie County Circuit
today and his bond has been set at $10,000.00.
The local motorist that the Trooper was originally looking for made it
home safely. Interstate 80 between Cheyenne and Laramie did not reopen
until just before 3:00 p.m. on December 26th.