Man Pleads Not Guilty to Liquid THC Possession in Albany County
A Georgia man arrested in August after state troopers found liquid THC in the vehicle he was driving denied a single felony charge brought against him Monday in Albany County District Court.
Leshun La Darius Boyd-Gordon, 26, pleaded not guilty on one count of possession of a controlled substance. He could face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.
Court documents say a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper on Aug. 6 stopped Boyd-Gordon, who was reportedly driving a dark-colored Ford Explorer at 100 mph on Interstate 80, near mile post 296.
When the trooper approached the vehicle, he noted that the passenger in the front seat had just lit a cigarette and smelled a very strong "cover up odor" coming from inside the Explorer, according to court documents.
When questioned about their destination, one passenger reportedly said they were headed to Tennessee, but another reportedly said they were going to Georgia, according to court documents. They had recently left Las Vegas, after arriving there around noon the previous day.
According to the trooper's affidavit, one of the passengers has an "extensive history" involving narcotics transportation, money laundering and "armed and violent narcotics trafficking."
Court documents say the passengers' stories, behaviors and comments led him to believe "something else was going on with the vehicle and/or its occupants," so he called out an Albany County Sheriff's deputy for a K-9 search.
The trooper says the dog showed "several changes in behavior" when it was near the rear quarter panel on the passenger side.
When he asked the three occupants if there was any reason why the dog would alert to the vehicle, "all of them looked at each other and then answered no," according to the affidavit.
Court documents say officers searched the three occupants, but nothing was found or seized from them.
However, a search of the vehicle allegedly turned up five bottles of "Cannavis" syrup, which the trooper determined to contain THC oil, according to the affidavit. The contents of each container weighed two ounces, according to court documents.
Boyd-Gordon allegedly admitted all five containers belonged to him. A passenger allegedly corroborated that story.
Judge Jeffrey Donnell on Monday set Boyd-Gordon's trial for Feb. 8-9. Boyd-Gordon remains free on bond.