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I-80 arrest yields approx. 70 lbs of suspected marijuana

Barbara Ann Hilliard (courtesy of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Paperwork obtained from the Laramie County Circuit court states that a 50-year old woman was arrested by the Wyoming Highway Patrol after approximately 70 pounds of suspected marijuana was discovered in the vehicle she was traveling in.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, during the afternoon hours of February 9, 2021, a trooper with the Wyoming Highway Patrol states they observed a vehicle bearing California registration follow semi truck too closely while driving on I-80.

The trooper says they then conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and made contact with the driver, and lone occupant, who was identified by her driver’s license as Barbara Hilliard, of Florida.

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When asked about the car she was traveling in, Hilliard told the trooper that a friend of hers rented the car for her, court documents state. Hilliard informed the trooper that the car was just “waiting for her.”

“She stated she was sightseeing her way back to Florida,” the Trooper reported in the affidavit. “When asked what she had seen in the less than two days she had the vehicle, she stated ‘a few things in Wyoming.’

The trooper says that while speaking with Hilliard they observed the “light odor” of suspected marijuana emanating from the open window.

“I observed several air fresheners populating the vehicle, which was an Enterprise rental, and reputable company. So, it seemed odd to have several air fresheners,” the trooper added.

According to the affidavit, the trooper contacted the rental company who reportedly said that Hilliard was not the renter of the vehicle and was not authorized to be in possession of it.

A drug detection K9 was called to the scene and deployed around the suspect’s vehicle.

“I was advised moments later of a positive indication to the presence of a controlled substance within the vehicle,” the trooper stated.

Court documents reveal that a probable cause search of Hilliard’s vehicle was conducted soon after. During the search authorities say they located a large pizza box containing what was described as “a large amount” of THC Shatter.

Hilliard was arrested without incident and transported to the Laramie County Detention Center, law enforcement said.

A further search of the vehicle uncovered approximately 69 pounds of raw marijuana and THC Shatter that weighed around one pound.

“Based on the observed packaging, my vast experience seizing controlled substances travelling on the interstate and advanced training, I believed this amount was not considered a use-amount. It was destined for delivery and sale,” the trooper reported in the affidavit.

Hilliard made her initial appearance in Laramie County Circuit Court on Febraury 10th, 2021 to hear the recommended charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver read to her.

Both charges are considered felonies.

According to Wyoming statutes, if Hilliard is convicted on both counts she could face up to 15 years in prison and or a fine of up to $20,000.

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.