Nebraska State Patrol arrests two, seizes nearly 190 pounds of marijuana

Twenty pounds of marijuana, THC edibles and a handgun were recovered Thursday from a speeding car on Interstate 76.

GRAND ISLAND — The Nebraska State Patrol arrested two people and seized nearly 190 pounds of marijuana during multiple traffic stops Wednesday and Thursday along Interstates 80 and 76.

According to a media release, at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, a trooper observed an eastbound Chevrolet Tahoe following another vehicle too closely on I-80 at mile marker 297 near Wood River. During the subsequent traffic stop, a state patrol K-9 dog detected the presence of a controlled substance in the vehicle.

According to the release, troopers then searched the vehicle and discovered 169 pounds of marijuana.

The 31-year-old driver from Milwaukee was arrested on suspicion of possession of more than a pound of marijuana with intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp. He was transported to Hall County Jail.

The release said that at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, a trooper observed an eastbound Infinity Q50 speeding at mile marker 2 on I-76. During the subsequent traffic stop, the trooper performed a search of the vehicle and discovered 20 pounds of marijuana, THC edibles and a handgun.

The 26-year-old driver from Madison, Wisconsin, was arrested on suspicion of possession of more than a pound of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of a firearm during a felony drug offense and no drug tax stamp.

He was transported to Cheyenne County Jail.

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