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Nearly 200 pounds of pot seized in Wyoming stop

Nearly 200 pounds of pot seized in Wyoming stop
Courtesy Sweetwater County Sheriff's Department

Wyoming Sheriff’s officials say they seized nearly 200 pounds of marijuana in a traffic stop on Interstate 80.

The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Department says deputies found the pot after pulling over 29-year-old Jorge Carlos Villafuerte Paniagua, of San Diego, on Saturday.

Courtesy Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Department

They say a deputy became suspicious after smelling the marijuana, which was packaged in 171 vacuum-sealed bags. Sheriff’s officials also allege they found four marijuana oil cartridges and six refill cartridges for a total drug value of nearly $1 million.

Villafuerte Paniagua remained jailed on $15,000 cash bail or bond Tuesday. He did not have an attorney but court officials say he has requested a public defender.

He is charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

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