August 2016 – The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office made two separate narcotic arrests along Interstate 80 within hours of each other. The first traffic stop was of a California vehicle that committed a “traffic infraction.” After the officer smelled marijuana, the vehicle was searched, uncovering 22 packages of marijuana. The 51-year-old driver, a resident of California, was arrested and charged with suspicion of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and failure to affix a drug tax stamp. Several hours later, another Interstate 80 search revealed a bundled brick of methamphetamine weighing more than one pound. The deputy “became suspicious of criminal activity and a K-9 was deployed to walk around the car.” The 54-year-old driver and her 33-year-old passenger, both of New Hampshire, were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and failure to affix a drug stamp.
Minnesota Couple Arrested after I-80 Traffic Stop
March 2017 – A Lancaster County Sherriff’s Deputy stopped a GMC Savannah heading eastbound on I-80 because the “van didn’t have working tail lights and crossed the fog line before the driver took the exit near Shoemakers.” The deputy claimed to smell marijuana while talking to the driver, a 58-year-old Minnesota resident. The vehicle was searched, resulting in the seizure of 280 pounds of marijuana and more than $60,000. The driver and his 53-year-old passenger were arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and possession of money while violating state statute.
Interstate 80 K-9 Search Results in Arrest
August 2017 – A Seward County Sheriff’s Deputy K-9 unit pulled over a Lincoln Town Car with California plates that was headed east on Interstate 80. The vehicle was searched and 24.8 pounds of heroin uncovered. The deputy used an x-ray scanner that helps detect hidden drugs and other contraband. The 26-year-old driver and the 33-year-old passenger, both California residents, were arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and trafficking of narcotics.
Speeding Stop Results in Arizona Man’s Arrest
September 2017 – The Nebraska State Patrol stopped a Kia Sorento that was clocked going 87 MPH on I-80. After speaking with the driver, troopers decided there was probable cause to search the car. The search turned up 20 packages of methamphetamine, totaling 20.2 pounds, and seven packages marijuana, weighing 4.5 pounds. The 45-year-old driver, an Arizona resident, was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, and no drug tax stamp.
Following Too Closely Leads to Search of Wisconsin Vehicle
September 2017 – The Nebraska State Patrol arrested two Wisconsin men after stopping their vehicle for following too closely. A State Patrol service dog detected the smell of drugs coming from the trunk of the vehicle, prompting a search that resulted in the seizure of 1.5 pounds of marijuana, several containers of hash oil and hash wax and other items. The Wisconsin men, ages 21 and 23, were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to deliver, possession of hash oil and possession of drug paraphernalia.
If you have been charged with a marijuana-related criminal offense in the State of Nebraska it is certainly in your best interest to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney right away to discuss what defenses might be available to you. In Nebraska contact Petersen Criminal Defense Law 24 hours a day at 402-509-8070.