Man arrested after plow hits mystery case pleads not guilty
RAWLINS (WNE) – Facing a multitude of drug charges, which includes possession of marijuana, ecstasy, and hallucinogenic mushrooms, with intent to deliver, an Ohio man pleaded not guilty on Monday in Carbon County District Court.
Cory Aldo Baxter, 36, along with two other suspects, who face similar charges, were caught by authorities on Jan. 31 through a fortuitous string of events.
According to court records, a Wyoming Department of Transportation plow driver was working on U.S. Interstate 80 eastbound near mile marker 252 when he reportedly struck a black case. Upon closer inspection, the plow driver observed money literally blowing in the air.
It was later discovered by authorities that the contents of the case turned out to be $53,844.
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The same day the money was discovered, a WYDOT supervisor was contacted by Baxter and his fellow travelers, who inquired about the missing case.
At this point, Baxter was instructed to retrieve the case at the WYDOT facility in Elk Mountain. There, the suspects encountered troopers with the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
During questioning about the validity of the currency, authorities noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from their vehicle. This warranted a subsequent search, according to court records.
Items seized during the search included six large duffle bags containing 81 plastic bags of suspected marijuana, one large duffle bag containing approximately 259 vials of liquid THC, along with additional vials of THC, two baggies with suspected psilocybin mushrooms, and one vitamin jar with capsules of a light brown substance, including an additional baggie with the same substance, which proved to be MDMA or ‘Ecstasy.”