WYOMING – State Highway Patrol made a significant drug bust last week after a man headed for Georgia with a trunkful of pot was apprehended near Cheyenne on August 3.
Charles Hinton, 35, of Lithonia, Georgia was pulled over by a state trooper monitoring a construction zone near milepost 365 on Interstate 80 eastbound near Cheyenne. The trooper stopped Hinton’s 2016 Hyundai Accent for speeding 54 mph in the posted 45 mph construction zone.
During the stop, the officer established reasonable suspicion to request a drug detection K-9 to respond. No WHP K-9 teams were in the area at the time of the stop, but a Cheyenne Police Department K-9 team was nearby and responded to assist.
Cheyenne PD’s K-9 “Kapo” alerted to the vehicle establishing probable cause to search the Hyundai. With the assistance of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and the Cheyenne PD, approximate 72 pounds of contraband was discovered in the trunk area of the Hyundai.
Hinton was arrested and taken to the Laramie County Detention Center in Cheyenne where he was charged with felony possession of marijuana, and felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.
The marijuana originated in California and was destined for Georgia.