EVANSTON (WNE) — Two men traveling through Uinta County last weekend are behind bars and facing felony charges of possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver after a routine traffic stop by an alert Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper resulted in the discovery of approximately 700 pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine.
On Sunday, Oct. 24, WHP Trooper Scott Neilson was parked in the median of I-80 near Lyman when he noticed a red Dodge Caravan traveling eastbound that he believed was exceeding the posted speed limit.
Neilson then conducted a traffic stop for speeding, and the two men inside, later identified as driver Brandon L. Rampersaud and passenger Darren K. Hall, reportedly informed him the vehicle was a rental and they were “on a little road trip.”
An affidavit filed by Neilson states he noticed the odor of raw marijuana emanating from the vehicle.
Neilson’s canine partner reportedly zeroed in on some large black duffle bags in the rear of the van and when Neilson unzipped the top bag, he reportedly discovered multiple large plastic bags containing a white crystalline substance.
A search of the van reportedly revealed eight duffle bags containing more than 100 large clear plastic bags and clear plastic tubs containing 601.2 pounds of methamphetamine. They also discovered 40 cellophane wrapped bricks containing 108 pounds of cocaine (including packaging). The methamphetamine would have an approximate street value of $2 million and the cocaine approximately $1 million.
Both men are facing two felony counts of possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 5.