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).