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Casper PD successfully runs DEA-funded operation

Out of more than 300 traffic stops, it resulted in 13 drug-related arrests. Police reported they were able to seize 520.82 grams of marijuana, including a single vehicle carrying a pound of marijuana, 66.7 grams of meth and a gram of cocaine.
Published: Apr. 7, 2021 at 7:45 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - You may have noticed more police cars patrolling main roadways last week in Casper. This was all part of a plan.

Casper PD, along with other local law enforcement agencies, were carrying out a drug interdiction operation March 29th and 30th.

It was part of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) Domestic Cannabis Eradication and Suppression Program.

Casper PD was asked to participate in 2019, but it was unable to because of COVID-19.

With a grant from the DEA, Casper PD was essentially tasked with finding ways to better target drug enforcement in the community.

“We were specifically targeting traffic,” said Casper PD Public Information Officer Rebekah Ladd. “So we had operations sites set up on the main entryways and exits into Casper, and out of Casper and then main thoroughfares, as well.”

Out of more than 300 traffic stops, it resulted in 13 drug-related arrests. Police reported they were able to seize 520.82 grams of marijuana, including a single vehicle carrying a pound of marijuana, 66.7 grams of meth and a gram of cocaine.

“When you look at violent crimes in our community, oftentimes, they’re linked to illegal substance use,” said Ladd. “So if we can stop that crime before it occurs, by getting that individual and holding them accountable, and hopefully they don’t go down that road of committing further crimes, that is good for the entire community.”

Ladd said it’s important for people to know that officers are active on and off duty. “This entire operation took place because one of our Casper police officers felt that it could be a really valuable tool for getting illegal drugs off of our street.”

“Our officers live and work in this community, which means they’re always on alert,” said Ladd. “They’re always vigilant, and they take personal responsibility in making this community better and safer.”

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