Alleged marijuana traffickers call cops after their car is hijacked
If you are illegally transporting marijuana across the United States, do you call the cops if you are carjacked?
That dilemma faced two people Friday night as they allegedly hauled 170 pounds of high grade marijuana from Utah to North Carolina.
In the middle of Wyoming - on Interstate 80 near Sinclair - the marijuana traffickers had their car hijacked, according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
The victims decided to call the cops.
As of Wednesday, three people are in custody - the man and woman who were allegedly transporting the marijuana - and one of the two male carjackers, according to Sgt. Stephen Townsend, spokesman for the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
Townsend said that about 9 p.m. Friday, troopers were told of the alleged carjacking. The victims said a couple of guys in a red SUV had taken their car by force. The victims had been left unharmed next to the interstate.
A short time later, troopers spotted both the red SUV and the carjacked vehicle. Two men were transferring bundles of marijuana from the car to the SUV.
When the alleged carjackers spotted the cops, they sped away, tossing packages of marijuana from the SUV.
At Rawlins, the SUV sped into town. One of the alleged carjackers jumped out. The SUV slammed into a snow bank and the driver fled.
The first of the alleged carjackers was apprehended with the help of the Rawlins Police Department.
The second guy got away.
Officials seized the marijuana, which has a street value of about $425,000.
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