Wyoming Highway patrol seizes 123 lbs. of marijuana near Casper

Some of the seized marijuana was found in a converted laundry machine. (Photo courtesy of the Wyoming Highway Patrol)

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says that they seized about 123 pounds of Marijuana, with an estimated street value of $307,000, following a traffic stop on Thursday, April 12th, on US 220 near Casper.

Troopers say that they arrested driver Thong Xiong, 29, and his passenger, Choua Khang, 30, both of Wisconsin, after finding the Marijuana following a traffic stop at 8:24 a.m. on Thursday, April 12th.

According to a written release from the Wyoming Highway Patrol, Troopers stopped the suspect’s Chevy Silverado after observing it traveling 71 in a posted 65 mph zone.

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After being stopped, Xiong told troopers that he was traveling from Grenada, California to Sioux Falls, South Dakota before heading home to Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. When troopers questioned the passenger, identified as Khang, about their travel plans, she gave a conflicting story.

Troopers report that Xiong admitted to having the drugs within the vehicle. Troopers then deployed a WHP canine around the vehicle, and the dog alerted to the odor of controlled substances.

After searching the vehicle, Troopers found about 111 individual vacuum-sealed packages containing Marijuana. Troopers found the packages in a large box, a modified washing machine and a purse.

The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting with the investigation.

Thong and Khang were taken to the Natrona County Detention Center and booked in. Xiong faces recommended charges of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Controlled Substance Possession, and Attempt to Conspire. Khang faces recommended charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver, Controlled Substance Possession, and Attempt to Conspire.

All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.