Western States ATM Heist Stalls on Teton Pass

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Three men who were arrested in Teton County last week after their van became stuck in a snowdrift on Teton Pass, are now facing charges from the FBI.

Teton County Sheriff Sgt. Fielding reported, Issac Jorge-Romero, Jose Alejandro Asorio-Echegaray and Elio Moreno Gonzalez were all charged with possession of marijuana last week.

When the mens’ van stalled getting over Teton Pass, during a snowstorm, a deputy stopped to assist.

Sgt. Fieling says the deputy smelled a strong odor of marijuana and later found edibles in the vehicle.

During the search, deputies noted several large bags of cash, the amount was not reported.

Due to the suspicious nature of the case, Teton County Deputies notified the FBI and the FBI became involved.

It was learned the three men were wanted by the FBI for elaborate ATM scams across western states.

According to court reports Romero, Echegaray and Gonzalez and two other men were all involved in the ATM scams.

Today in Federal Court Romero and Echegaray were sent back to Colorado where reports say they stole $24,000 from an ATM in Parker, Colorado.

Gonzalez, who was involved in another operation in St. George, Utah where the group came away with $69, 200 is going back to Utah for his case.

Reports show the other individuals involved in the operations were recently arrested California.

Sgt. Fieling they are always suspicious when drugs and large amounts of cash are involved.