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Highway patrolmen nab pot packers Jan. 13

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 15th, 2013

Wyoming troopers seized this cache of marijuana following a traffic stop Jan. 13. Courtesy photo

EVANSTON — The Wyoming Highway Patrol made its latest major Interstate 80 drug bust in Uinta County Sunday, Jan. 13, and managed to take a Florida fugitive into custody at the same time.

The incident began as a traffic stop Sunday afternoon about 31 miles east of Evanston on I-80 after a trooper stopped an eastbound vehicle for allegedly motoring at 85 mph in the posted 75 zone. According to a release from the WHP, the trooper detected a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle as he conducted the stop.

“The driver, 33-year-old Dennis Rodriguez, did not have a valid driver’s license,” the release said. “A nationwide check showed that Rodriquez was wanted by law enforcement authorities from the state of Florida on an outstanding felony warrant for trafficking in cocaine.”

Also arrested at the scene was passenger Joseph Spivey, 42, who also could not produce a driver’s license, according to the report.

The report alleged both men denied ownership of the two suitcases in the vehicle that contained packages of marijuana totaling 15 pounds — a cache valued at about $94,200.

Rodriguez faces felony possession of a controlled substance, felony possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, felony possession of a Class IV drug, speeding and driving without a valid driver’s license. He also faces extradition to Florida.

Spivey was charged with felony possession and felony possession with intent to deliver.

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