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Drug bust north of city nets big marijuana haul, pills, mushrooms

Jul 16, 2013 - From staff reports

Officials said they seized 5 pounds of marijuana, several hydrocodone pills, and a quantity of suspected psilocybin mushrooms during a traffic stop early Saturday north of Riverton.

As a result, Jana Behan, 31, of Riverton, was arrested on two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, and on one count of possession of a controlled substance, and Mathew Padilla, 22, of Colorado Springs, Colo., was arrested for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and failure to give the right-of-way to an emergency vehicle.

Officials said a deputy stopped the suspects' vehicle at about 4 a.m. Saturday in the 1200 block of North Federal Boulevard in Riverton after the driver reportedly failed to yield the right-of-way to a fire truck responding to an emergency south of Riverton.

While speaking with the two occupants of the vehicle, the deputy saw suspected marijuana "in plain view." The vehicle was searched, and deputies reportedly located the other drugs.

Officials said marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms are defined as "schedule one" controlled substances in the State of Wyoming. According to state statute, the drugs have high potential for abuse and have no accepted medical use in treatment, or they lack accepted safety for use in treatment under medical supervision.

Hydrocodone is defined as a "schedule two" controlled substance. According to state statute, the drug has a high potential for abuse but has a currently accepted medical use in treatment, possibly with severe restrictions.

Wyoming law states that abuse of the substance may lead to sever psychic or physical dependence.

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