WHP busy fight­ing state drug traf­fick­ing

Drug traf­fick­ers trav­el­ing across Wyoming have no place to hide from the Wyoming High­way Patrol.  In Jan­u­ary of this year alone, over 129 pounds of mar­i­jua­na has been con­fis­cat­ed, accord­ing to a Wyoming High­way Patrol (WHP) news release on Feb­ru­ary 2, 2010.

In the last week, troop­ers have con­tin­ued in their efforts in pre­vent­ing the trans­port of drugs across Wyoming, and made two sep­a­rate traf­fic stops Jan­u­ary 29th on Inter­state 80, which result­ed in the arrest of a total for four indi­vid­u­als and the seizure of twen­ty three pounds of high grade mar­i­jua­na.

The first stop, around 9 a.m. occurred three miles west of Elk Moun­tain. Wyoming High­way Patrol stopped an east­bound pas­sen­ger vehi­cle car­ry­ing two indi­vid­u­als from Cal­i­for­nia and approx­i­mate­ly 20 pounds of mar­i­jua­na. Both peo­ple were arrest­ed at the traf­fic stop. (WHP press release).

A rental Penske mov­ing van head­ing east on I-80 car­ry­ing two indi­vid­u­als from Alaba­ma was stopped a lit­tle before six p.m. that night approx­i­mate­ly thir­teen miles from Rawl­ins.
The van, loaded with house­hold items took almost an entire hour to unload after a K-9 alert­ed at the back of the van and set troop­ers search­ing. Along with sup­plies for grow­ing the drug, a lit­tle more than three pounds of mar­i­jua­na was found. The dri­ver and pas­sen­ger of the van were both arrest­ed. (WHP press release).

It was deter­mined that the drugs seized were not intend­ed for drop of in Wyoming. How­ev­er, “All indi­vid­u­als arrest­ed have been charged with felony pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance and felony pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance with the intent to deliv­er,”  accord­ing to the WHP press release. The esti­mat­ed street val­ue of the com­bined twen­ty three pounds of mar­i­jua­na is $58,000.

Judg­ing by the amount of mar­i­jua­na the Wyoming High­way Patrol has con­fis­cat­ed in Jan­u­ary alone, 2010 is look­ing to be a high traf­fick­ing year. With regards to the seizure of mar­i­jua­na com­pared to last year, “It seems as though the trend is track­ing upwards,” Lieu­tenant Dave Gar­ner said dur­ing a phone call Feb­ru­ary 5th.

Wyoming High­way Patrol seized a total of 500 pounds of mar­i­jua­na last year, and 936 pound in 2008. (WHP press release).