200 pounds of marijuana, other drugs found in 2 I-80 traffic stops

Nebraska State Patrol troopers arrested four people and seized more than 200 pounds of marijuana and other drugs during two traffic stops on Interstate 80 Wednesday.

About 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, a trooper saw a Hyundai Sonata traveling east at 98 miles per hour near North Platte at mile marker 179 on Interstate 80, the patrol said in a press release. The trooper stopped the car and detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Troopers searched the vehicle and located 3 pounds of marijuana, 39 THC vape cartridges, 59 grams of THC edibles, 2000 mg of THC syrup and drug paraphernalia, the patrol said.

Three men in the car — the 19-year-old driver, a 22-year-old and a 21-year-old, all from New York state, were arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana — more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, and no drug tax stamp. All three were jailed in Lincoln County Jail.

Later Wednesday, about 7:30 p.m., a trooper observed a Ford Transit van fail to signal a turn at the I-80 exit at mile marker 231 near Darr. During the traffic stop, a K-9 from the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office detected the odor of a controlled substance coming from inside the van.

A search of the van revealed 198 pounds of marijuana, 800 dosage units of THC edibles, 79 THC vape cartridges, 18 ounces of psilocybin mushrooms, 2 vials of anabolic steroids, 1 vial of human growth hormone and a loaded handgun.

The driver, a 50-year-old man from Fargo, North Dakota, was arrested on suspicion of numerous drug charges, including possession of marijuana — more than one pound, possession of controlled substances, possession with intent to deliver, possession of a firearm during a felony drug violation, and no drug tax stamp. He was taken to Dawson County Jail.

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