Suspected drug-runner nabbed on I-80 with 80 lbs of pot

SWEETWATER COUNTY, WYO – Sheriff’s deputies seized 80 pounds of marijuana and arrested an Ohio woman after a traffic stop on Interstate 80 Tuesday afternoon.

Sweetwater County Sheriff Mike Lowell said Rikki Lyn Ludwig, 34, of Brook Park, Ohio, faces two counts of felony drug charges. After a Sheriff’s Office K9 team stopped Ludwig on I-80 east of Green River for a traffic violation, further investigation revealed 69 individually-sealed plastic packages of marijuana, totaling 80.37 pounds hidden in her Toyota Cruiser.

Ludwig was released from the Sweetwater County Detention Center after posting a $25,000 cash or surety bond.

Lowell said that threats made against law enforcement dog handlers and their canine partners in different parts of the country have led to a Sheriff’s Office policy of not publicizing the names K9 team members involved in drug cases.

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