- Associated Press - Monday, June 5, 2017

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming officials say two men are on probation for illegal possession of 100 pounds of marijuana.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/2rEdghk ) 22-year-old Rafael Bautista and 21-year-old Alejandro Contreras-Medina were sentenced to three years of probation on Friday. The men were each charged with one count of felony marijuana possession.

Arrest documents say a Wyoming Highway Trooper smelled the marijuana when he pulled the two Illinois men over for speeding and lane use near Cheyenne.

The men’s lawyers argued in favor of first-time drug offender deferrals. Laramie County District Judge Thomas Campbell said he was already offering them the opportunity to be outside of prison, despite the large amounts of marijuana they were found with.

A more serious charge of possession with intent to deliver marijuana against Bautista was dropped.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, https://www.wyomingnews.com

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