WYOMING — Motorists traveling through Converse and Platte Counties on Interstate 25 last Monday (Feb. 8th) may have noticed an increased presence of law enforcement on I-25 and adjoining highways.
Troopers from Division M, that are responsible for the two counties, as well as Troopers from adjacent divisions and Deputies from Converse and Platte Counties, participated in a one-day saturation patrol with a focus on highway traffic safety and criminal interdiction. Approximately 15 Troopers and Deputies, including six K-9 teams, participated in the saturation event.
Wyoming Highway Patrol Colonel Kebin Haller has placed criminal interdiction as a high priority for the WHP focusing on “quality investigations that lead to successful prosecutions”. Criminal interdiction is not limited to just illegal drug detection and seizures. Col. Haller has emphasized the importance of interdicting other criminal elements taking place on our highways such as human sex trafficking, national security violations, fraudulent documents, stolen property and impaired drivers.
Colonel Haller recognized the importance of the inter-agency teamwork between Patrol and the two Sheriff’s Offices that took place during the saturation to make it successful.
Arrests from the detail ranged from warrants to felony and misdemeanor drugs. Some of the drugs that were seized included heroin, oxycodone, and marijuana. Highway safety efforts were also successful as only one crash, with no injuries, was investigated by Troopers in the two counties during the detail.