A traffic stop in Lincoln led to a $7.5 million marijuana bust, believed to be the largest in the history of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and one of the biggest in Nebraska.

A 2015 recreational vehicle with California license plates was pulled over for a traffic infraction shortly before noon Friday on Van Dorn Street just east of U.S. Highway 77, the Sheriff’s Office said. A K-9 unit from the Sheriff’s Office was summoned.

The K-9, Sacha, alerted officers to the presence of drugs. A search resulted in the discovery of 39 duffel bags filled with pot. Each duffel bag was filled with multiple 1-pound packages of marijuana.

The total: 1,517 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $7.5 million, said Chief Deputy Jeff Bliemeister of the Sheriff’s Office. A man and woman, both 28, who gave Georgia addresses, were arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

“We think that, as far as we can tell, this is the largest one-time seizure of marijuana ever by the Sheriff’s Office,” Bliemeister said. “It appears the suspects were headed from Oregon to Georgia.”

During the investigation, deputies determined that a 51-year-old Georgia man in a second car was connected to the marijuana in the RV. He was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

The largest pot bust in state history is believed to have occurred on Nov. 18, 2012, on Interstate 80 near York. An Arizona man was jailed after state patrol troopers located 2,395.5 pounds of marijuana in the back of the rental truck he was driving.

In 2007, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office seized 1,940 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop Dec. 12 on Interstate 80 near 96th Street in Omaha. The pickup was driven by a Utah man.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1272, kevin.cole@owh.com

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