A 66-year-old Cheyenne man who was part of a trio who were caught with more than 1,700 fentanyl pills has been sentenced to federal prison, the United States Attorney's Office announced Friday.

Chief U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl on Dec. 12 sentenced Raymond Paddock to 33 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.

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According to arrest records, Paddock was riding in a vehicle with two other Cheyenne residents, Lily Marie Bullis and Daniel Lee Ellis, on May 12, 2023, when a police officer stopped them on eastbound Interstate 80 near the Interstate 25 interchange for having expired tags.

During the traffic stop, Officer Lisa Koeppel arrived and deployed K-9 Tyler, who alerted on the vehicle.

The vehicle was subsequently searched, and a plastic bag containing approximately 1,000 fentanyl pills was found under the front passenger seat where Paddock was sitting.

Bullis, who was driving, was found to have more than three grams of fentanyl in pill form, and Ellis, who was riding in the back seat, was found to have more than 700 suspected fentanyl pills.

Paddock waived indictment and pled guilty to the information in September.

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