Albany County Sheriff’s Office deputies discovered a large amount of high-grade marijuana Sunday morning in a vehicle traveling west on Interstate 80.
At approximately 9 a.m., local law enforcement learned of a “Be on the Lookout” (BOLO) call for an SUV with Massachusetts registration traveling on I-80 that could be carrying a large amount of marijuana through the Laramie area.
Deputies observed the vehicle and stopped its female driver near the I-80 Snowy Range Road interchange.
A search of the vehicle turned up approximately 48 pounds of marijuana, a relatively large amount for Albany County, Undersheriff Josh DeBree said.
“We only have a handful of sizable busts like that each year, so it’s pretty substantial,” DeBree said.
In addition to matching the vehicle with the BOLO, DeBree said deputies observed several indicators that led them to suspect the presence of marijuana.
The driver was identified as 36-year-old Pauline Howe of New York. Howe was being held at the Albany County Detention Center on Monday facing felony possession of a controlled substance and felony possession with intent to deliver.
An appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. today in Circuit Court.
The marijuana had an estimated street value of $57,000, according to a Albany County Sheriff’s Office news release.