WYOMING – It’s no secret Interstate 80 can be a real contraband corridor. In an effort to crack down on interstate commerce of illegal drugs and human trafficking, Wyoming Highway Patrol participated in a criminal interdiction along the I-80 April 10 through April 15.
The initiative was conducted in conjunction with a nationwide effort by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. For the action, WHP K-9 teams patrolled I-80 in the Cheyenne, Laramie, Rawlins, Rock Springs, and Evanston areas. These teams conducted a high number of traffic stops after a violation was observed, with an emphasis on looking for criminal activity including human and drug trafficking, as well as increasing highway safety.
Troopers and dogs stayed busy during the initiative as multiple arrests and drug seizures were made. At the close of the operation, 21 drug-related felony charges and 13 drug-related misdemeanor charges were filed. Ten non-drug related felony and misdemeanor arrests were also made.
Troopers seized approximately 16 pounds of methamphetamine, 249 pounds of marijuana and THC edibles, nearly a pound of ecstasy, and other smaller amounts of prescription medications like as oxycodone.
WHP also managed to intercept a missing/endangered male who was reunited with his family, one child who was taken into protective custody, two sex offenders in violation of sex offender registry, one stolen vehicle, one stolen handgun, and approx. $2,000 in suspected drug proceeds.
Just days after the initiative ended, troopers made a stop on I-80 west of Cheyenne on April 19 resulting in 360 pounds of marijuana seized.
In all, troopers made 982 highway safety-related traffic stops that resulted in 673 warnings and 530 citations including five impaired driving arrests. No fatal crashes occurred on I-80 in Wyoming during the initiative.