(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – Troopers on opposite sides of the State made several significant unrelated seizures within the last week which have resulted in six individuals being arrested facing felony charges. Seized were pound amounts of marijuana, methamphetamine and U.S. currency.
The four contacts were the results of traffic stops for speeding 102 MPH in 75 MPH zone, following too close whereupon the driver was found to be driving while under suspension, a speed warning and a property damage crash.
The seizures of marijuana were of a size not associated with personal use but measured in pound amounts of just over 21, 24 and 52 pounds. These amounts are indicative of criminal enterprise. It is believed that the seized currency came from assets that were derived from, or were used to facilitate criminal activity. The currency may be proceeds from drug trafficking activities, organized crime or money laundering.
The currency, an undisclosed exact amount but over $32,000.00, was seized during a traffic stop on Interstate 90 in Crook County near Sundance. No arrests as of yet have come from this cash seizure.
The three seizures of marijuana were made in Uinta County near Evanston on Interstate 80 and total almost 100 pounds. That amount of marijuana has an approximate street value of $589,380.00. Also, 1/4 pound of methamphetamine was seized during one of the above marijuana seizures which has an approximate street value of $2,500.00.
All six individuals arrested have been charged with possession of a controlled substance in plant form, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and conspiracy to commit delivery of a controlled substance.
The seized currency will be held for a period of approximately 6 months for the rightful owner to file a claim for the money. If no one files a legitimate claim during that time period the currency will then begin an asset forfeiture proceeding.
The asset forfeiture proceedings could take an additional 6 to 8 months. After that time the money will be divided up among the law enforcement agencies involved in the seizure and the investigation process.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation continue to investigate these criminal interdiction cases. None of the marijuana was destined for Wyoming.