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Approx. 150 lbs. of marijuana seized in stop near Casper

Chue Yang and Pao Vang (courtesy of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation via the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office)

CASPER, Wyo. —  Two suspects have been arrested and each faces a felony charge, after agents with Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation alleged that approximately 150 lbs. of raw marijuana was found in the pair’s vehicle.

Documents released by the Natrona County Circuit Court say that Chue Yang and Pao Vang; both age 30 of Fresno, California; were arrested on February 8, 2021. Vang faces a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance in a felony weight, Yang faces a charge of Conspiracy to Possess a Controlled Substance in a Felony Weight.

Each charge carries a potential penalty of not more than five years in prison, a fine of not more than $10,000 or both.

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DCI agents say that Vang was identified as the driver of a 2007 Nissan Armada that was pulled over by Wyoming Highway Patrol in Natrona County. An affidavit filed in the case says that WHP initiated the stop because the driver allegedly failed to maintain a single lane of travel.

During the contact, troopers reported the odor of raw marijuana coming from the suspect vehicle, and a subsequent search numerous large garbage bags were found, each containing several smaller clear plastic baggies of suspected marijuana.

Agents say that multiple pounds of suspected marijuana were recovered from seven large garbage bags, and also a luggage bag. In total agents estimated the approximate total weight of the suspected marijuana found at 150 lbs.

Vang is reported to have told agents that the marijuana was his, and indicated that he smoked and bathed with the marijuana.

Yang denie knowledge of the marijuana in the vehicle and said that he was travelling to Minnesota to see family and had given Vang a ride. Vang is also reported to have told agents that he did not use marijuana.

DCI notes in the affidavit that Vang had tattoos of marijuana leaves on his arm, and a shirt, that was believed to belong to Vang, was emblazoned with marijuana leaves.

Both men were arrested and transported to the Natrona County Detention Center.

According to jail records on Wednesday afternoon, both Yang and Vang were being held, each receiving a $25,000 cash only bond from Natrona County Circuit Court.

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.