Wyoming Highway Patrolís newest K-9 makes big bust
by Wyoming Highway Patrol
October 9, 2008
(Cheyenne) Ė The Wyoming Highway Patrolís K-9 officers and their partners are increasingly valuable in the battle against narcotics use. They are particularly helpful in locating easily concealed drugs that are being transported across Wyomingís highways.
The Wyoming Highway Patrolís newest member, Bonnie, has been involved in two felony drug cases this week. Her biggest find of the week has been the seizure of just over 22 pounds of high grade marijuana on Tuesday.
Bonnie, a two year-old black lab, has been with the Wyoming Highway Patrol for approximately three weeks. She and her Highway Patrol K-9 handler have together successfully completed 80 hours of dog handler training.
Bonnie's extensive training has certified her and her partner in the area of narcotics detection for marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamine, ecstasy and their street derivatives.
Bonnieís call out on Tuesday was to assist a Trooper on eastbound Interstate 80 when he requested a narcotics K-9 at a traffic stop made just before 9:00 a.m. approximately 30 miles east of Cheyenne. Upon her arrival Bonnie alerted at the trunk area of the 2006 Chrysler convertible.
Troopers opened the trunk and discovered two black duffle bags which were packed with plastic bags stuffed with high grade marijuana. The driver of the Chrysler, 28 year-old Matthew R. Frazier from Knoxville, Tennessee, has been arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.
The street value of the high grade marijuana seized is approximately $57,800.00.
On Monday Bonnie assisted Troopers at a traffic stop on US 287 seven miles south of Laramie. Seized during that traffic stop was a felony amount of pharmaceutical tablets and a misdemeanor amount of marijuana. The driver and passenger in the vehicle, both from Hayden, Colorado, have been arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.
Currently, these new narcotics trafficking cases remain under investigation. Troopers along with Special Agents from the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation will be conducting follow-up investigations in an attempt to determine where the illegal narcotics contraband originated and were eventually destined.
Bonnie joins a team of seven additional Wyoming Highway Patrol K-9ís that are deployed in various locations throughout the State.