Wyoming Authorities Bust Man With Over 60 Pounds of Marijuana
A Michigan man was arrested Sunday in southwest Wyoming after a traffic stop led a deputy to find over 60 pounds of marijuana in the suspect's vehicle.
Christian Alvarez, 23, of Garden City, Michigan, was booked into the Sweetwater County Detention Center on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver.
According to a statement from Sweetwater County Sheriff Mike Lowell, a deputy was patrolling Interstate 80 between Rock Springs and Green River at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday when the deputy saw a silver Hyundai Sonata following dangerously close to a semi tractor-trailer rig.
After stopping the vehicle and contacting the driver, Alvarez, the deputy's canine partner alerted to the presence of drugs inside the Hyundai.
A search turned up 62.73 pounds of marijuana, 802 marijuana vape cartridges and 58.5 grams of marijuana wax in 39 individual packages, according to Lowell.
Alvarez remained in custody on Tuesday, with his bond set at $25,000 cash or surety.
"I-80 is a major corridor for drug traffickers," Lowell said in the statement. "That's one of the reasons we created our K9 teams and they've been extremely successful."
Lowell added that in the past year, his K9 teams have made nearly two dozen felony drug arrests and seized well over half a ton of marijuana, liquid marijuana, marijuana wax, heroin and methamphetamine.
Lowell said his office does not publicly identify individual dog handlers or their canine partners due to threats made against such teams across the country.