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State Patrol makes 5 drug arrests on I-80 in 3-day span

October 10, 2018

The Nebraska State Patrol arrested five people in three separate traffic stops on Interstate 80 between Saturday and Monday, including two stops in Lincoln County.

Troopers seized 81 pounds of marijuana and 5,000 THC vape cartridges in the arrests.

The string of arrests began Saturday about 1:50 p.m., when a trooper pulled over an eastbound 2018 Cadillac STS for failing to move over for an emergency vehicle near mile marker 185, between North Platte and Maxwell.

During the traffic stop, the trooper could smell marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, the State Patrol’s public relations director, Cody Thomas, wrote in a press release.

A subsequent search found 5,000 THC hash oil vape cartridges and an ounce of what was suspected to be khat, Thomas wrote.

An internet page for khat describes it as a stimulant drug made from stems and twigs of an African shrub.

Two men, a 25-year-old from New York and a 43-year-old from Connecticut, were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and no drug tax stamp, Thomas wrote. They were taken to the Lincoln County Jail.

About 4:35 p.m. Sunday, a trooper pulled over an eastbound 2016 Toyota SUV for speeding near Kimball at milemarker 18.

The trooper became suspicious of criminal activity and searched the vehicle.

“Troopers found 26 pounds of marijuana located in luggage,” Thomas wrote.

The two men in the vehicle, a 38-year-old from California and a 36-year-old from New York, were arrested on suspicion of possession of more than a pound of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp. They were taken to the Kimball County Jail.

The arrest string ended Monday when troopers found 55 packages of marijuana inside a 2015 Lexus SUV near Maxwell. A trooper pulled over the SUV for speeding, became suspicious of criminal activity and searched the vehicle, Thomas wrote.

Troopers found the bags in the SUV’s cargo area, and estimated the bags to weigh about 55 pounds, Thomas wrote.

The sole occupant, a 40-year-old woman from Illinois, was arrested on suspicion of possession of more than a pound of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp.

She was taken to the Lincoln County Jail.

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