Traffic stop reveals drugs, stolen car |

Traffic stop reveals drugs, stolen car

Two men from the United Kingdom have been arrested on vehicle theft and drug charges after being stopped on a suspected traffic violation on Interstate 70 Wednesday.Stephen G. Wynne, 35, and Neil A. Fitzgerald, 33, remained in Garfield County Jail Thursday, each in lieu of $21,000 bond.They were pulled over at about 2 p.m. Wednesday while heading west between DeBeque and Parachute. Wynne was driving a white 1997 Infiniti SUV with California registration and was suspected of careless driving.A check on the vehicle found it had been stolen out of Los Angeles, the Colorado State Patrol reported in a news release. Troopers took Wynne and Fitzgerald into custody without incident.Troopers found 4.8 pounds of marijuana and 900 tablets of ecstasy in the passenger compartment of the vehicle, the CSP said. It said the drugs have a street value of about $17,100.Both Wynne and Fitzgerald held driver’s licenses from the United Kingdom.They were charged with first-degree motor vehicle theft, three felony drug possession and distribution charges, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of more than 8 ounces of marijuana. Wynne also was charged with careless driving.

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