Nebraska State Patrol troopers seized 243 pounds of marijuana in two traffic stops on Interstate 80 on Thursday.

The first stop occurred about 12:30 p.m. when a trooper saw an eastbound Ford Fusion following another vehicle too closely near Grand Island, the patrol said Friday.

A patrol dog detected the odor of a controlled substance coming from the car’s trunk.

Troopers searched the car and found 75 pounds of marijuana and 2.5 grams of methamphetamine.

A 38-year-old California man was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of meth.

The second stop occurred about 2:15 p.m. when another trooper spotted an eastbound Toyota Camry following another vehicle too closely near Lincoln.

During that stop, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office dog detected a controlled substance in the car.

A search of the car revealed 168 pounds of marijuana and a bottle of Ritalin that had not been prescribed to the driver.

The 19-year-old from Illinois was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled pharmaceutical.

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