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Drug bust in Bridger Valley turns up marijuana ‘wax,’ a newer, more potent form of the drug, carried on interstate

Modified: Thursday, Dec 19th, 2013

LYMAN — The Wyoming Highway Patrol made another drug bust last weekend in the Bridger Valley after stopping a Virginia man transporting over 13 pounds of marijuana and four large patties of marijuana “wax.”

According to a press release issued by the WHP, 56-year-old Larry Betterton was stopped last Friday, Dec. 13, for speeding on eastbound I-80 about 40 miles east of Evanston. The narcotics seized have a street value of over $90,000.

“The newest and latest way to illegally use marijuana is for a kitchen chemist to make marijuana wax,” according to the release. “Marijuana wax is more than 80 percent pure THC, which is the active ingredient in marijuana, compared to 20 to 30 percent in the marijuana leaves.”

Officials believe Betterton was transporting the pot from California to his home state of Virginia. WHP has requested assistance on the case from special agents with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.

Betterton has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance in plant form and felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Police said numerous vaporizers were also found with the marijuana wax.

A detective with the Evanston Police Department said the new form of marijuana isn’t prevalent in Evanston and he reinforced WHP’s belief that the drugs were just passing through Uinta County on the way to Virginia.

“I guess they’re seeing a lot more of it in the states where it’s legal to smoke this stuff,” he said.

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