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Troopers seize 26 pounds of marijuana in traffic stop near Kimball

October 10, 2018

Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have seized numerous drugs and arrested five people during three traffic stops on Interstate 80 from Saturday to Monday, including a stop near Kimball.

On Saturday, Oct. 6, at approximately 1:50 p.m., a trooper observed an eastbound 2018 Cadillac STS fail to move over for an emergency vehicle near mile marker 185 on Interstate 80 near North Platte. During the traffic stop, the trooper detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

A search revealed approximately 5,000 THC hash oil vape cartridges and an ounce of suspected khat, a stimulant. The driver, Mohamed Abdulla, 25, of Brooklyn, New York, and passenger, Sarhan Abdullah, 43, of New Haven, Connecticut, were arrested for possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, and no drug tax stamp. Both men were being held in the Lincoln County Jail.

On Sunday, Oct. 7, at approximately 4:35 p.m., a trooper stopped an eastbound 2016 Toyota SUV for speeding near mile marker 18 on I-80 near Kimball. The trooper conducted a search of the vehicle after becoming suspicious of criminal activity.

During the search, troopers found 26 pounds of marijuana located in luggage. The two occupants of the vehicle, Keshi Wu, 38, of Alameda, California, and Minchao Yu, 36, of Brooklyn, New York, were arrested for possession of marijuana — more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp. Both men are being held at the Kimball County Jail.

On Monday, Oct. 8, at approximately 4:15 p.m., a trooper stopped an eastbound 2015 Lexus SUV for speeding near mile marker 186 on I-80 near North Platte. During the stop, the trooper became suspicious of criminal activity and conducted a search of the vehicle.

The search revealed 55 packages of marijuana inside bags in the cargo area. The total weight of the marijuana was approximately 55 pounds. The driver, Viktoria Belan, 40, of Mount Prospect, Illinois, was arrested for possession of marijuana —more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp. She is being held in the Lincoln County Jail.

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