Traffic stop west of Laramie, Wyo. nets large pot bust for WHP

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LARAMIE, Wyo. (by Release / KNEP) - Lane use violations lead to a traffic stop on Interstate 80 and the discovery of a large marijuana stash west of Laramie, Wyo. last week.

A Wyoming State Trooper stopped a 2016 Ford Focus traveling east on Interstate 80 about 20 miles west of Laramie last Thursday for failing to maintain its lane of travel several times. After stopping the Ford, the Trooper obtained reasonable suspicion that the occupants of the vehicle were involved in some type of criminal activity.

The Trooper asked the driver for consent to search the Ford and the consent to search was granted. During the search, the Trooper found approximately 63 pounds of marijuana in several bags. It was determined the marijuana was being transported to the Tennessee area from California.

With the assistance of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, Vickey Hamilton, 41, Lorenzo Hamilton, 21, and Champainge Rucker, 18, all of Nashville, Tenn., were arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and felony intent to deliver a controlled substance.

The estimated street value of the seized marijuana is $126,000.