CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A 40-year old man is facing multiple drug charges after a trooper with the Wyoming Highway Patrol says they uncovered illicit narcotics in his vehicle during a recent traffic stop off of Highway 219 just outside of Cheyenne.
According to court documents, Justin Jonathon Hofer made his initial appearance in Laramie County Circuit Court on Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 to have the recommended felony charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine and Possession of Methamphetamine read to him.
Hofer was also read misdemeanor counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance in Pill Form as well as Driving While Under Suspension read to him during the same court proceedings.
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A sworn affidavit of probable cause states that a trooper with the Wyoming Highway Patrol was dispatched to investigate a report of a vehicle traveling “very slowly’ southbound on WY-219 with a flat tire.
“I located the vehicle at Mile Marker 1 on WY-219. The vehicle had no tire on the front driver’s side and was traveling on the shoulder. I activated my overhead emergency lights and stopped the vehicle,” the trooper said in the affidavit.
The trooper reported when the vehicle came to a stop that the driver attempted to jump out of the vehicle. When ordered to remain in the vehicle, the driver complied, court papers reveal.
“When asked for his identification he stated that he did not have his license,” the trooper stated. “His name, Justin Hofer, and date of birth were obtained and run the the National Crime Information Center.”
Authorities say that information showed Hofer’s driver’s license was revoked and a non-extraditable warrant out of South Dakota had been issued for him.
The affidavit goes on to say that Hofer told the trooper he was driving to South Dakota after dropping off a friend in Colorado.
“He was very vague about the details related to his trip, such as where his friend was dropped off specifically, lodging arrangements and the reason for the trip,” the trooper reported.
Court documents reveal that Hofer told the trooper his trip would take him two days.
“Mr. Hofer had a large bag of clothes in the back seat, more than needed for a two-day trip,” the trooper stated in the affidavit.
A drug-sniffing K9 unit with the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office was later requested and responded to the scene. According to the trooper, the K9 handler notified them of a positive alert.
After Hofer was detained by law enforcement, a search was initiated on the suspect vehicle, according to court paperwork.
Investigators say that a search revealed several bags of suspected methamphetamine under the driver’s seat. Authorities say that the suspected methamphetamine weighed 59 grams.
The affidavit goes on to say that six pills in a small bag were also located during a search of Hofer’s vehicle.
“Mr. Hofer stated that the pills were Hydrocodone,” the trooper stated.
According to Wyoming statutes, if convicted on the felony charges of Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver and Possession of Methamphetamine, Hofer could face a maximum of 27 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $40K.
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.