Marijuana

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says a trooper found 63 pounds of marijuana after stopping this Ford Focus as it traveled along Interstate 80 last week.

Courtesy Wyoming Highway Patrol

The Wyoming Highway Patrol found 63 pounds of marijuana Thursday morning after a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Laramie, the patrol announced Monday.

Vickey Hamilton, 41, Lorenzo Hamilton, 21, and Champainge Rucker, 18, all of Nashville, Tennessee, were charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and felony intent to deliver a controlled substance, according to a highway patrol news release.

A state trooper spotted the 2016 Ford Focus heading east on the interstate, about 20 miles west of Laramie, at about 7:30 a.m. After the car swerved out of its lane multiple times, the trooper pulled it over, according to the highway patrol.

The highway patrol said the trooper suspected the people in the car of criminal activity, though the release did not offer any details.

The driver consented to a search of the car and the trooper found the marijuana in several bags, according to the news release. The three suspects were allegedly transporting the drugs from California to Tennessee.

The highway patrol estimates the street value of the marijuana at $126,000.

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Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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