Evanston, WY (KGWN) This week thousands of dollars of U.S. currency and over 21 pounds of marijuana and over a pound of psilocybin mushrooms have been seized in two separate traffic stops by Troopers.
One out-of-state resident is facing serious felony charges to include possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.
Both unrelated traffic stops were made on Interstate 80 in Uinta County east of Evanston and involved the use of a WHP drug detection canine. The first stop on February 24th resulted in the seizure of 21 packages of marijuana and 1 package of psilocybin mushrooms with a street value of approximately $128,200.00.
The second traffic stop on February 26th resulted in a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession after a user amount of the drug was found in the vehicle. A further search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of multiple packages of U.S. currency.
The seized currency is believed to have come from assets that were derived from, or were used to facilitate criminal activity. The currency may be proceeds from drug trafficking activities, organized crime or money laundering. The amount seized was over $118,000.00.
The seized currency will be held for a period of approximately 6 months for the rightful owner to file a claim for the money. If no one files a legitimate claim during that time period the currency will then begin an asset forfeiture proceeding.
The asset forfeiture proceedings could take an additional 6 to 8 months. After that time the money will be divided up among the law enforcement agencies involved in the seizure and the investigation process.