For residents of Nebraska, drug busts along the state’s Interstate 80 may seem like a daily occurrence. Although that might be an exaggeration, the truth is that I-80 is a well-known route for drugs coming up from Central and South America that are on route to the east and west coasts of the United States. If you were recently stopped along I-80, or anywhere in the State of Nebraska, and charged with a drug-related offense, the most important thing you can do to protect your rights is to consult with an experienced I-80 drug stop lawyer right away. The following are summaries of drug busts in Nebraska within the last month.
Lincoln County Marijuana Bust
On Saturday, April 7, at approximately 10:45 a.m. a trooper noticed an eastbound 2017 Ford Taurus speeding at mile marker 172, near North Platte. During the traffic stop, an NSP K9 detected the presence of a controlled substance. Troopers then searched the vehicle and discovered 36 pounds of high grade marijuana hidden in suitcases in the trunk.
The estimated street value of the marijuana is $108,000. The driver, Peter Clifford, 51, of Ramsey, Minnesota, was arrested for possession of marijuana (more than one pound), possession with intent to deliver, and no Drug Tax Stamp. Clifford was lodged in the Lincoln County Detention Center.
York County Seizes Over $1 Million in Marijuana
Authorities have seized 260 pounds of marijuana and arrested a driver in eastern Nebraska’s York County.
The York News-Times reports that the pot’s estimated street value is $1 million and was found Monday afternoon after a routine traffic stop along Interstate 80, 2 miles west of York. Paguer Aguiar, 44, of Florida, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.
Sheriff’s Lt. Paul Vrbka says a deputy reported smelling the strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, so he searched it. Vrbka says the pot was found in eight duffel bags. After the busts, a Nebraska State Patrol account tweeted, “Someone’s 420 is gunna be ruined.
Troopers Make Even Bigger Marijuana Arrest
Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested two people and seized 381 pounds of marijuana during two separate traffic stops in Hamilton County. The two stops happened within five minutes of each other in different parts of the county.
The first stop occurred at approximately 4:32 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, when a trooper stopped a 2018 GMC Yukon for speeding on Highway 14 in Aurora. The trooper determined there was probable cause to search the vehicle. During the search, troopers found 326 pounds of marijuana and 1.4 pounds of marijuana edibles.
The driver, Larry Guieb, 36, of Indiana, was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and no Drug Tax Stamp.
Just a few minutes later, at approximately 4:36 p.m. troopers observed a vehicle fail to signal while traveling eastbound on Interstate 80 near Giltner at mile marker 322. During the traffic stop, an NSP K9 detected that presence of a controlled substance. A search of the vehicle revealed 55 pounds of marijuana inside the 2017 Nissan Rogue.
The driver, John Young, 51, of California, was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and no Drug Tax Stamp.
The total amount of marijuana seized in the two traffic stops was 381 pounds, with an estimated street value of $1.14 million. Both men were lodged in Hamilton County Jail.
Sean Penn’s Son Arrested for Possession in Nebraska
The son of Sean Penn and Robin Wright was arrested on drug possession charges in Nebraska. A Nebraska State Patrol spokesman says the actors’ 24-year-old son, Hopper Penn, and his girlfriend, 26-year-old Uma Von Wittkamp, were arrested on April 4th after a trooper stopped their vehicle east of Grand Island on Interstate 80.
Authorities say the trooper detected drug activity inside the vehicle and found 14 grams of marijuana, four amphetamine pills and 3 grams of mushrooms.
Von Wittkamp was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance. Penn was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. Possession of a controlled substance is a felony.
Contact an I-80 Drug Stop Lawyer at Petersen Law Office
If you have been arrested for a drug-related offense in Nebraska, consult with an experienced I-80 drug stop lawyer as soon as possible. In Nebraska contact Petersen Criminal Defense Law 24 hours a day at 402-509-8070 to discuss your case.