RAWLINS – Facing a multitude of drug charges, which includes possession of marijuana, ecstasy, and hallucinogenic mushrooms, with intent to deliver, an Ohio man pleaded not guilty on Monday in Carbon County District Court.
Cory Aldo Baxter, 36, along with two other suspects, who face similar charges, were caught by authorities on Jan. 31 through a fortuitous string of events.
According to court records, a Wyoming Department of Transportation plow driver was working on U.S. Interstate 80 eastbound near mile marker 252 when he reportedly stuck a black case. Upon closer inspection, the plow driver observed money literally blowing in the air.
It was later discovered by authorities that the contents of the case turned out to be $53,844.
The same day the money was discovered, a WYOT supervisor was contacted by Baxter and his fellow travelers, who inquired about the missing case.
At this point, Baxter was instructed to retrieve the case at the WYDOT facility in Elk Mountain. There, the suspects encountered troopers with the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
During questioning about the validity of the currency, authorities noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from their vehicle. This warranted a subsequent search, according to court records.
Authorities seized the following items during the search:
• Six large duffle bags containing 81 plastic bags of suspected marijuana.
• One large duffle bag containing packaging material and approximately 259 vials of liquid THC, along with additional vials of THC.
• Two zip lock baggies with suspected psilocybin mushrooms.
• One vitamin jar with capsules of a light brown substance, including an additional baggie with the same substance. When tested, this substance later turned out to be MDMA, or ecstasy.
• Cellular phones.
• Miscellaneous drug paraphernalia, including digital scales, money banding, air sealer and materials.
In addition, during the booking process into the Carbon County jail, authorities discovered what appeared to by Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, or LSD, on the person of Baxter’s fellow accomplice, Gabriel Horton Kerb, 36. Meanwhile, an additional $1,490 was found on Kreb, while fellow suspect Nicole Catherine Williams, 33, was found with an additional $1,812.
According to court records, the suspects were headed east from Oregon. Williams told authorities during a subsequent interview, according to court records, that during the trip she awoke to Kreb “freaking out” in reference to the “thing on top blowing open in the cross winds.”
It was discovered that the case of money was attached to the car roof luggage rack when it was blown out of position by the wind.
Baxter stated that the large sum of money was to be used for a down payment on a house in New Orleans, and that was where he was headed. He also stated that he was picked up from Salt Lake City and that Kreb packed the car with duffel bags, which were taken from his residence.
Baxter denied his involvement with transporting the drugs.
He later switched his story, according to court records, and told authorities that his plan was to get dropped off in Memphis to host a sexual education/fetish show.
Kreb and Williams were not on last week’s court docket schedule.