Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers in the Buffalo area have made the fourth largest seizure of heroin conducted by the Patrol in the last 10 years.
Three people remain in custody after Troopers seized cocaine, heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia from their vehicle during a traffic stop on Thursday afternoon. The traffic stop on the vehicle was originally made for a speeding violation approximately 7 miles south of Buffalo on northbound Interstate 25.
During the contact with the driver, the Trooper could smell the odor of burnt marijuana. That led to the search of the vehicle, during which the illegal drugs were found. Also found was a small, user amount of marijuana.
The heroin was hidden in a large peanut butter jar, and the majority of the cocaine was also hidden in a small peanut butter jar. The jars of peanut butter were attempted to be made to look as though the seal had not been broken on the jars.
The amount of heroin seized was 75 grams, with a street value of around $9,000.00. The amount of cocaine seized was 27.5 grams, with a street value of around 3,025.00. Possession of that amount of both illegal substances is a felony.
All three individuals are from Mexico, and are in the U.S. illegally. The three -- 2 males and one female -- have been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, and open container violations. The female driver of the vehicle has additional charges of driving while under the influence, driving while under suspension and speeding.
Troopers have requested investigative assistance from Special Agents with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers. This criminal case currently remains under investigation. The illegal drugs were being driven from Denver, Colorado and destined to be delivered in Bozeman, Montana.