30 pounds of marijuana seized, suspect arrested following I-80 traffic stop in Wyoming - Casper, WY Oil City News
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30 pounds of marijuana seized, suspect arrested following I-80 traffic stop in Wyoming

Edward Melroe (Courtesy of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Wyoming Highway Patrol says they have arrested a 35-year old man after a traffic stop lead to the discovery of 30 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of his vehicle.

According to paperwork filed in Laramie County Circuit Court, on September 25th, 2020, a trooper with the Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) conducted a traffic stop on a white 2020 Chevrolet Impala, with California registration that was traveling in excess of the speed limit while traveling east on I-80.

The trooper reports in the affidavit that they made contact with the driver of the vehicle, identified as Edward Gideon Melroe near milepost 359.

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“As Melroe was handing me his driver’s license and car rental agreement I observed his hands to be visibly shaking,” the WHP trooper stated.

Court papers say that during his interview with the trooper Melroe continued to show signs of “nervousness and labored breathing”. The suspect stated that he was traveling from California to Minnesota.

The trooper says that a narcotic sniffing canine unit was deployed to investigate Melroe’s vehicle.

“After a positive alert from the drug sniffing canine, a probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted.

Law enforcement says that appoximatley 30 pounds of suspected marijuana was located in 29 vacuum sealed bags located in the trunk area of the vehicle.

An additional small amount of dispensary style raw marijuana and a glass pipe containing suspected burned marijuana was also discovered in a backpack on the rear passenger side of the vehicle, according to the affidavit.

Melroe made his initial appearance in Laramie County Circuit Court on September 29th, 2020, where he was read the recommended felony charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana. If convicted, Melroe could face up to 15 years in prison and or a fine of up to 10k.

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 Laramie County District Attorney’s Office.