Wyoming Highway Patrol photo of captured marijuana.
(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – Wyoming State Troopers in the past several weeks have made drug seizures of marijuana, methamphetamine, oxycodone tablets and hydrocodone tablets from traffic stops. All of the traffic stops were made on drivers exceeding the posted speed limit. Just to show how dangerous these encounters with drug traffickers can be for law enforcement officers, Troopers also seized two handguns in two separate stops. The handguns could have easily been reached by the vehicle occupants.
In a traffic stop on September 2nd approximately seven miles north of Green River on WYO 28 in Sweetwater County, four individuals were arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance and felony possession with intent to deliver after the vehicle was stopped for a speeding violation. The driver was also found to be driving on a suspended drivers license.
Troopers discovered 160 tablets of oxycodone and hydrocodone along with 1/4 pound of methamphetamine in the vehicle after a Wyoming Highway Patrol drug detection K-9 alerted when deployed. A .357 handgun was also found in the vehicle. The tablets and methamphetamine seized in the Sweetwater County stop were destined for the Riverton area, according to the State Patrol.
Special Agents with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) aided State Troopers with followup investigations. DCI Agents made an additional five arrests in the Riverton area as a result of follow up investigation from this traffic stop alone.
I-80 traffic stops
During a traffic stop for a speeding violation on eastbound Interstate 80 on August 26th approximately 19 miles east of Cheyenne a Trooper deployed his drug detection K-9 which alerted on the vehicle. Approximately 4 pounds of marijuana was discovered in the trunk of the vehicle.
The discovery resulted in the arrest of the driver and a passenger who have been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and felony possession with intent to deliver.
During a traffic stop on eastbound Interstate 80 in Albany County approximately 7 miles east of Laramie on September 2nd, just over 80 pounds of marijuana and a small amount of methamphetamine were seized. The marijuana was discovered after a Trooper deployed his drug detection K-9. During the search a 9mm handgun was discovered in the vehicle.
The traffic stop originally began as a stop for speeding and resulted in the arrest of the driver and two passengers. All three have been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and felony possession with intent to deliver. The driver was also charged with driving without a valid driver’s license and speeding.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol K-9’s are trained to detect narcotics and are utilized to conduct drug sniffs of vehicles to locate narcotics being transported from one location to another. The Wyoming Highway Patrol drug detecting K-9, Trooper and K-9 training and the K-9 equipment were purchased with a federal grant secured from HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area).
The drugs confiscated in the latter cases were all destined for out-of-state delivery.