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Guilty plea entered by Pennsylvania man in Cheyenne drug case

Laramie County Sheriff's Office deputies found 65 pounds of suspected marijuana in a trunk during a traffic stop on Oct.16, 2023. (Laramie County Sheriff's Office)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gary Young, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has pleaded guilty to charges of possession with intent to deliver marijuana, as part of a plea agreement that will see the dismissal of additional charges and a recommendation for probation.

Laramie County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Gebauer conducted a routine traffic stop on Interstate 80 in October 2023. This stop led to the discovery of Young and a co-defendant transporting 65 pounds of marijuana intended for distribution in Brooklyn, New York, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

The operation was initially uncovered following improper lane changes near a construction zone, which prompted Gebauer to initiate the stop. A subsequent search by a Wyoming Highway Patrol K-9 unit confirmed the presence of a controlled substance, leading to the arrests.

The investigation revealed that the journey started in San Francisco, California, with the suspects in possession of less than $1,500 — the alleged payment for their delivery. The discovery of vacuum-sealed marijuana packages in their vehicle further indicated plans for distribution.

With Young’s guilty plea, the court will drop charges of possession of marijuana and conspiracy to manufacture, deliver or possess marijuana at the sentencing. The state will recommend a sentence of three to five years suspended, in favor of supervised probation for three years. Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.