A pair of traffic stops Sunday, including one after a high-speed chase, resulted in Nebraska State Patrol troopers seizing multiple illegal drugs. 

Troopers arrested two men on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver after observing a Ford Mustang traveling at 105 mph on Interstate 80 near Paxton, a patrol spokesman said. The Mustang fled from an attempted traffic stop, passing vehicles by driving on the shoulder of the road at 7:45 a.m. CST.  

After approximately two miles, the Mustang exited at the Paxton interchange, drove down the ramp embankment and back up toward I-80. The car then went airborne at the top of the embankment and spun out in the traffic lanes before colliding with a metal guardrail.

The two men inside the vehicle ran and were captured a short time later, the spokesman said. Troopers found multiple packages of high-grade marijuana and THC products, totaling about 6 pounds.

The 32-year-old driver was also arrested on suspicion of reckless driving, flight to avoid arrest and obstructing an officer. He and his 23-year-old passenger, both of Peoria, Illinois, were booked into the Keith County Jail. 

At approximately 3:43 p.m. MST, a trooper observed an eastbound Nissan Sentra speeding on Interstate 76 near Big Springs, the spokesman said. During the traffic stop, the trooper detected criminal activity and conducted a search of the vehicle.

The search revealed 13 pounds of cocaine and three pounds of heroin hidden under a false floor beneath the front seats. The 30-year-old driver from Chicago and his 47-year-old passenger from Philadelphia were arrested for possession of controlled substances with intent to deliver and booked into the Deuel County Jail. 

Kevin Cole covers Omaha crime and public safety news. Follow him on Twitter @KevinColeOmaha. Phone: 402-444-1272.

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