The Ranger (beta)

Fremont County's Daily Newspaper

News of Riverton, Lander and Fremont County, Wyoming, from the Ranger's award winning journalists.

Ranger Login

Big marijuana stash discovered during traffic stop
Duffel bags crammed with more than 16 pounds of marijuana were confiscated Saturday during a traffic stop on Interstate 80. Wyoming Highway Patrol

Big marijuana stash discovered Saturday during I-80 traffic stop

Nov 5, 2013 - From staff reports

More than 16 pounds of high-grade marijuana was seized from a Lynnwood, Wash., driver who was stopped on eastbound Interstate 80 roughly 45 miles east of Evanston.

The traffic stop, for following too close, was made Saturday. Twenty-three-year-old Velasco Acosta has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance in plant form greater than 3 ounces, felony possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and felony conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.

A Wyoming Highway Patrol K-9 unit dog named Hank was deployed around the vehicle after the driver gave consent. The dog alerted to one of five odors of controlled substances he is trained to detect.

Troopers then searched the vehicle and found two duffel bags with 15 individual packages of marijuana. The marijuana would have an approximate street value of $97,000, according to a WHP statement.

The illegal load of marijuana originated in Washington and was destined for the streets in a state east of Wyoming. State troopers and special agents with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation continue to investigate.

Related content: