Busted, Four Arrested in Marijuana Case

(Gillette, Wyo.) Following a routine traffic stop on a van that was driving without headlights, after dark, officers with the Gillette Police Department discovered and confiscated nearly six ounces of suspected marijuana and a wide variety of paraphernalia. The discovery ultimately led to the arrests and multiple citations for the parties involved.

Around 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, GPD officers pulled over a 1999 Dodge Caravan that was driving, at night, without its headlights on near the intersection of 7th Street and Highway 59. When officers made contact with the driver, 42-year-old Jason Faulkner, they could see that his eyes were watery, bloodshot, and could detect a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle, said Police Sgt. Jason Marcus.

The occupants of the vehicle, other than Faulkner, were 25-year-old Jacque Domina, 32-year-old Christopher Wood and another 32-year old male, whose identity has not been released at this time.

All of the occupants reportedly admitted to having smoked marijuana approximately 20 minutes prior at a residence. According to the report, Faulkner also admitted to drinking a glass of wine before he had left that same residence.

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A Police K-9 was utilized, which indicated positively to the presence of a controlled substance. Upon concluding a search of the vehicle, officers located an estimated 8.1 grams of marijuana and paraphernalia. In a back pack, belonging to an 18-year-old male who was not in the vehicle at the time, officers located more paraphernalia and approximately 1 gram of marijuana hash, said Marcus.

Faulkner was submitted to standard field sobriety maneuvers and was ultimately arrested for DUI based on his performance.

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The other vehicle occupants refused to give officers permission to search a home located on Independence Lane. Officers sought, and were granted, a search warrant to search the residence.

Inside the RV, officers located 32 grams of suspected marijuana and paraphernalia. In the room belonging to the 32-year-old male, officers found an estimated 26 ml of liquid marijuana and 23 individual baggies that contained, together, approximately 5.6 ounces of marijuana. A scale, ledger and still more paraphernalia were also located.

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Faulkner was arrested and charged with DUI, possession of controlled substance, no insurance, no seat belt, and use of a controlled substance.

Wood and Domina were both arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, use of controlled substance and no seat belt.

The 32-year-old male was arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance in both plant and liquid form, felony possession with intent to deliver, use of a controlled substance and no seat belt.

Additionally, the 18-year-old male was cited for possession of a controlled substance