A man charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance — marijuana and one felony charge of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver pleaded guilty to the intent to deliver charge in Albany County District Court on Monday.
Scott Henson was charged with the two felonies after a Wyoming Highway Patrol officer conducted a traffic stop and found about 45 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of his vehicle.
Prosecuting Attorney Kurt Britzius said at the change of plea hearing, Henson was offered a plea deal where in exchange for a guilty plea to the intent to deliver charge, the state would drop the possession of a controlled substance charge. The prosecution would also recommend probation instead of serving the 10 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines the charge is punishable up to, he said.
“The state will drop count one, possession of a controlled substance, and recommend probation at the time of sentencing,” Britzius said.
The affidavit of probable cause states a highway patrol officer conducted a traffic stop after he saw an eastbound vehicle following a semi-trailer too closely around 5 p.m. Aug. 10 at mile post 311 on Interstate 80. During the traffic stop, the officer identified the driver as Henson and began to ask him questions, according to court documents.
Henson provided the officer with several rental agreements, none of which were for the vehicle the officer stopped. Henson showed a rental agreement that was texted to him that showed the vehicle was due in Indianapolis, Indiana, by Aug. 13.
Along with having multiple rental agreements, Henson’s travel plans were unclear to the officer. The plans he gave the officer included returning a rental vehicle to Portland, Oregon, during the same period as the vehicle the officer stopped was supposed to be returned in Indianapolis, court documents state.
During the officers interaction, he noticed Henson was overly nervous by his questioning and deployed a K-9 unit that found the odor of a controlled substance in the vehicle.
According to court documents, a search of the vehicle revealed about 45 pounds of marijuana in a duffle bag, suitcase and garbage bag located in the trunk of the vehicle.
Since this incident, Henson has attended several counseling meetings and passed several drug tests to show he could be successful on probation when Albany County Judge Tori Kricken sentences him in about 90 days.