EVANSTON — A traffic stop for speeding on March 9th resulted in the seizure of approximately 25 pounds of marijuana. The traffic stop occurred at 9:42 a.m. at mile post 22 on Interstate 80 eastbound approximately 16 miles east of Evanston, Wyoming.
A Wyoming State Trooper observed a Nissan Altima travelling east at 87 mph in a posted 75 mph zone. Upon stopping the Nissan, the trooper became suspicious the occupants in the Nissan were involved in some type of criminal activity, specifically drug trafficking after smelling the overwhelming odor of raw marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle. After searching the Nissan, troopers located 25 pounds of raw high-grade marijuana.
It was determined the marijuana was being transported to the Madison, Wisconsin area from Oakland, California. 41 year old Gerald Nichols and 24 year old Stephanie Martin, both of Madison, Wisconsin, were arrested. Both individuals were taken to the Uinta County Jail and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance. The estimated street value of the seized marijuana is $125,000.