Federal government looks to keep $20K obtained in drug bust

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Yellowstone National Park - The federal government is looking to keep over $20,000 seized during a drug bust in Yellowstone National Park.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Hambrick filed a civil forfeiture complaint Sept. 6 seeking to obtain the $20,337 currently in the hands of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

According to court documents, the money was seized July 8 after a Yellowstone National Park ranger stopped a vehicle with two men inside for speeding where officials later found marijuana. Rangers found a marijuana pipe, a joint, a glass jar containing 6.5 grams of marijuana, a small bottle of THC oil and a plastic container holding a small amount of marijuana.

At the men’s campsite at the Madison Campground, rangers later found 10.4 grams of marijuana, a small amount of LSD, 7 grams of hashish, six packages of THC concentrate/hash, five small containers of hash oil and around 10 prescription pills.

Both men were sentenced to probation for simple possession of a controlled substance.

According to court documents, Jacob Dotson, says $11,000 of the money was his. Dustin Alvis says $10,000 belong to him.

Hambrick says in the complaint that the money was intended to be used to purchase drugs. The men will be able to contest the forfeiture.

If the forfeiture is approved, according to Hambrick, the money would likely go to National Park Service law enforcement.