By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
A routine traffic stop for speeding last week led to the seizure of more than 343 pounds of marijuana, a historic drug bust for the Pine Bluffs Police Department, officials announced Thursday.
According to officials, an officer stopped a black Honda Ridgeline with Wyoming license plates around midnight on Feb. 1 for traveling 55 mph in a 40 mph zone on U.S. Highway 30.
During the resulting traffic stop, the officer noticed the distinct odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle.
He also saw three large garbage bags containing several smaller black plastic bags.
A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of approximately 344 pounds of marijuana and 6.1 grams of methamphetamine.
The driver, a California resident, was arrested and transported to the Laramie County Detention Facility.
“This is a record marijuana seizure on our stretch of US 30, the driver has been charged with two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance with additional charges pending,” Pine Bluffs Chief Chance Walkama said.
Walkama did not immediately respond to Cowboy State Daily’s request for comment on Thursday.