Speeding stop results in felony drug charges

SUBLETTE COUNTY – A Maryland man who was stopped for speeding when his VW Jetta came up behind a trooper now faces felony and misdemeanor drug charges.

Not only did Benjamin Stillson, of Bowie, Md. allegedly have a felony amount of liquid THC in his vehicle, he was also charged with taking four LSD tabs into the Sublette County Jail when he was booked, according to court records.

Stillson is also charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled plant substance in the form of a psilocybin mushroom-infused chocolate bar, records show.

Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper Tyler Schilling wrote in his affidavit that he was patrolling Highway 189 on July 30 when a white car closed the distance to his patrol vehicle. He activated his rear radar and clocked Stillson going 78 mph in a 70-mph speed zone, it says.

After they stopped, the trooper said he noticed a vape pen that Stillson allegedly said he used THC in but not where marijuana is illegal.

A deputy and another trooper helped Schilling search the Jetta and logged numerous packages with rolled joints, THC oil cartridges, pot residue and the labeled chocolate bar, the affidavit says. When Stillson was arrested and cuffed, he said he had another THC cartridge in a daypack and it was taken out, it says.

At the jail, Stillson’s wallet was emptied and a piece of folded foil was found that had four tabs of LSD, weighing .1 grams; the liquid THC weighed more than .3 grams, the affidavit says.

Stillson was released Aug. 3 after paying the $2,500 cash bond.

His preliminary hearing in Sublette County Circuit Court is set for Aug. 31.