Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested several people and seized 100 pounds of marijuana during five traffic stops this week on Interstate 80. All five stops happened between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.
About 1:55 p.m. MT Tuesday, troopers located more than two pounds of marijuana after stopping an eastbound Toyota Yaris for speeding at mile marker 18 near Kimball. The driver, a 25-year-old Sacramento, California, woman, and a 29-year-old passenger from Charlotte, North Carolina, were both arrested and lodged in Kimball County Jail.
Troopers then found 85 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop about 3:45 p.m. CT Tuesday. A trooper had stopped a Chevrolet Tahoe parked in a no-parking area on the shoulder of the on-ramp at exit 324 near Giltner. The driver, a 55-year-old Maryland man, was arrested and was lodged in Hamilton County Jail.
On Wednesday at about 7:20 a.m. CT, another trooper stopped an eastbound Kia Rio for speeding at 114 miles per hour on I-80 near North Platte at mile marker 176. Marijuana containers were plainly visible in the vehicle, and the trooper found approximately two pounds of marijuana during a search. The 23-year-old driver and passenger, also 23, both of Michigan, were arrested and lodged in Lincoln County Jail.
About 9 a.m. CT Wednesday, a trooper stopped a Chevy pickup pulling a trailer for failing to stay in its lane near Kearney at mile marker 280. The trooper could smell the odor of marijuana in the vehicle and conducted a search. The search revealed personal-use marijuana and a handgun. Additionally, three pounds of marijuana was located hidden inside a large, older television. An investigation revealed that the driver was unaware of the marijuana inside the television. The driver, a 35-year-old Florida man, was arrested and cited for a concealed handgun violation and personal use marijuana. He was lodged in Buffalo County Jail.
Finally, about 10:45 a.m. MT, a trooper discovered seven pounds of marijuana after stopping an eastbound Hyundai Sonata for speeding near Kimball at mile marker 18. The driver, a 35-year-old Maryland man, was arrested and lodged in Kimball County Jail.