Nearly 200 pounds of pot seized along I-80 in Wyoming

Jorge Carlos Villafuerte Paniagua
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Sweetwater County, Wyo. - A San Diego man is behind bars after Sweetwater deputies found nearly 200 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle.

Sweetwater County Sheriff Mike Lowell said deputies found the pot after pulling over Jorge Carlos Villafuerte Paniagua, 29, of San Diego, on Saturday.

When a Sweetwater County deputy and his specially-trained canine partner made a traffic stop on Interstate 80, a strong odor of marijuana was detected coming from the vehicle and a subsequent search produced 190.53 pounds of marijuana in 171 vacuum-sealed bags. Also seized were four marijuana oil cartridges and six refill cartridges. Street value of the seizure is estimated at well over $950,000.

Villafuerte Paniagua is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver.

Jorge Carlos Villafuerte Paniagua