Anx­ious drug smug­gler braves a closed I-80 to deliv­er “presents”

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 Frisinger’s 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.

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