It was a busy day for the Nebraska State Patrol on Interstate 80 on Thursday.
In three separate traffic stops, troopers arrested five people; seized 163 pounds of marijuana and other products containing THC, the plant’s active ingredient; and recovered more than $216,000 in suspected drug money.
About 11:30 a.m., troopers stopped a westbound Ford Explorer that they had observed speeding about 15 miles west of Lincoln.
During the stop, they became suspicious and searched the vehicle, discovering about $216,500 in suspected drug money.
They arrested two men in that vehicle, as well as a third in a separate vehicle, which they had also stopped for speeding.
Thursday night, troopers found large quantities of marijuana, totaling 163 pounds, in two separate stops just a few minutes and miles apart near Roscoe, which is about 7 miles east of Ogallala.
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The first stop involved a Chevrolet Suburban illegally parked on the shoulder of an exit.
A trooper found 104 pounds of marijuana hidden in duffel bags. The driver was arrested.
A few minutes later, another trooper saw a Nissan Sentra fail to stop at a stop sign at an exit a few miles away from the first stop.
A State Patrol dog smelled a controlled substance inside the vehicle.
A search revealed 59 pounds of marijuana and other THC products. That driver also was arrested.