A 46-year-old Chicago, Illinois man who was part of a trio busted for heroin by the Wyoming Highway Patrol earlier this year has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

David I. Gibson was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl on Oct. 19 for carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

Gibson and his co-defendants, Yazenia M. Diaz and Loveless D. Naylor, both of Indiana, were pulled over for doing 88 mph in a 75 mph zone on Interstate 80 near Cheyenne on Feb. 15.

The traffic stop led to a search of the car and 872.9 grams of heroin and a loaded Beretta 9mm pistol were located behind the carpet in the trunk, according to an affidavit.

Interviews revealed Gibson and Diaz had left Chicago, Illinois to pick up Naylor in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Gibson said he was paid $1,500 to pick up Naylor and that he knew Naylor to sell drugs in the South Bend, Indiana area.​

Diaz and Naylor have yet to be sentenced.​