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A recent traffic stop east of Cheyenne netted approximately six pounds of marijuana and two individuals into custody. After conducting a traffic stop, a Wyoming State Trooper smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle stopped. A subsequent search of the vehicle discovered two cardboard boxes containing the marijuana. The two individuals arrested have been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.
Last week, Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers set up a mobile education and enforcement commercial vehicle inspection at the intersection of Interstate 25 (Exit #92) and US Highway 26 in Platte County. Dwyer Junction was identified by local troopers as a key location for the detail due to the large amount of commercial vehicle traffic into the Guernsey and Fort Laramie areas in Platte County on US 26 and the Interstate 25 traffic headed to the Converse County area. The spot was also chosen as the rest area provided a large and safe location to conduct the inspections. Eight troopers from three divisions...
A two vehicle crash on February 04th north of Wheatland turned from a crash investigation into a felony drug arrest. Around 8:53 a.m., Wyoming State Troopers were dispatched approximately 12 miles north of Wheatland to a two vehicle crash at mile post 92 on Interstate 25 northbound. It was discovered that 57 year old Kraig Kahrs of Apple Valley, Minnesota had lost control of his vehicle on the snow and ice covered road and crashed into the rear-end of a full size pickup truck. During the course of the crash investigation, troopers followed foot tracks in the snow and discovered multiple large...
Last Friday, Colonel John Butler appointed Trooper Randy Starkey, a seven year Patrol veteran stationed in Lusk, as the new Academy Coordinator Sergeant for the Patrol. Sergeant Starkey takes over the position for recently promoted Lieutenant Chris Schell who now supervises the Casper area road division. Sergeant Starkey will be responsible for coordinating, facilitating and supervising the Patrol's recruit training program at the Wyoming Highway Patrol Basic Academy and serve as the agency liaison with the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy. This position is key as Sergeant Starkey will be the...
Although the Patrol's first official day of existence was June 1, 1933, its roots go back another 12 years. Paving the way for establishing the Patrol was the dissolution of the Wyoming Department of Law Enforcement, which had been created to enforce liquor prohibition laws. The department's duties were later broadened to include enforcement of motor vehicle laws. By early 1933, prohibition was nearing an end contributing to the sentiment that an agency created to enforce "dry" laws was no longer needed.
Realizing that something was needed to fill this freshly created void in state law enforcement, Govenor Miller went before the Highway Commission and proposed establishing a Highway patrol. The Commission concurred. On May 23, 1933 the Highway Commission confirmed Captain George "Red" Smith as the first Commander of the patrol and hired six patrolmen to cover the state. The Patrolmen were paid $175 a month, were furnished an automobile, uniforms and Sam Browne belts and Brown riding boots.
Although June 1st was supposed the first day of existence, it was almost a week later before the new patrol cars were delivered and the seven men could begin their new duties.
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