Crowded car

Troopers searched this Ford Explorer stopped Saturday on Interstate 80 in Seward County. The SUV was packed with luggage and other items — including 244 pounds of marijuana. Three men were arrested.

Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol arrested three men and seized 244 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 in Seward County.

A trooper stopped an eastbound Ford Explorer on suspicion of speeding at 5 p.m. Saturday about 10 miles west of Seward. During the traffic stop, the trooper detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, the patrol said.

Troopers searched the vehicle and found 244 pounds of marijuana inside the SUV’s cargo area. The vehicle was so packed with luggage and other items that the backseat passenger barely had room to sit, the patrol said.

The 52-year-old driver and a 57-year-old passenger are both from Sacramento, California. A 22-year-old passenger is from Thailand.

All three men were booked into the Seward County Jail on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

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