Authorities seize large marijuana amounts in Wyoming - KOTA Territory News

Authorities seize large marijuana amounts in Wyoming


Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers on opposite sides of the State made several significant unrelated seizures within the last week, resulting in six individuals arrested and facing felony charges.  A highway patrol press release says marijuana, methamphetamine and U.S. currency were seized.

The four contacts were originally for 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 measured in pound amounts of just over 21, 24 and 52 pounds.  Authorities say 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, 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.  Also, 1/4 pound of methamphetamine was seized during one of the above marijuana seizures which has an approximate street value of $2,500.

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 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.

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