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K-9 search leads to seizure of 100 lbs. of marijuana on Wyo interstate

File; Trevor T. Trujillo (Oil City News )

Troopers say that they seized approximately 100 lbs. of marijuana during an I-80 traffic stop over the weekend.

An affidavit of probable cause filed in the Laramie County Circuit Court by the Wyoming Highway Patrol says that troopers observed a speeding passenger vehicle on Interstate 80 near milepost 360 just before noon on October 2.

Troopers say the vehicle was traveling at an estimated 82 mph in a posted 75-mph zone. Troopers report stopping the vehicle and making contact with three occupants: two adults and a juvenile.

Troopers describe the vehicle as having the strong odor of raw marijuana and a K-9 unit was deployed for a free-air sniff. The K-9 is said to have indicated on the car and a subsequent search of the trunk yielded 101.2 lbs. of suspected marijuana.

During a contact with a passenger in the vehicle, troopers say that the passenger claimed ownership of the contraband and said that the driver was unaware that the contraband was in the vehicle.

The suspect, identified as Indiana resident Daniel Joel Church, reportedly told investigators that he had been transporting the suspected marijuana to the state of Indiana. 

Church, born in 1985, was identified with an Indiana driver’s license.

Official charges filed in Laramie County Circuit Court on October 4 include a felony charge of Marijuana Possession and a felony count of Possession With Intent to Deliver Marijuana. 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.

Bond information was not immediately available on the suspect. He is expected to be scheduled for a preliminary hearing to see if the charges will be bound over to Laramie County District Court.