Federal officials say a “large quantity of marijuana'' was confiscated and a man was arrested at Offutt Air Force Base on Wednesday after a commercial semitrailer truck was searched.
The truck tried to enter the base about noon at Gate One on the south edge of Offutt off Capehart Road, according to officials.
During a required vehicle security inspection, members of the 55th Security Forces Squadron found suspicious packages in the semi. A military dog was brought in, and marijuana, which weighed 126 pounds, was found in 116 vacuum-sealed packages.
The truck and marijuana were confiscated, authorities said. Michael Quinlan, 46, of Northglenn, Colo., was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, said Mike Sanders, assistant special agent in charge of the DEA district that covers Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota.
Authorities don't think the marijuana was being delivered to anyone at Offutt, Sanders said. The pot was concealed in the sleeper area of the semi's cab, he said, and the semi was making a normal delivery of bottled water. The semi was registered to GEWM Enterprises Inc. of Northglenn, he said.
The case remains under investigation by the DEA and the Office of Special Investigations at Offutt.