The Nebraska State Patrol said the amount of marijuana they're finding is on the rise. In 2018, so far troopers said they've confiscated about 1,000 lbs., 800 of that from Lancaster and Seward County. But they also said there's a lot they're missing.
"Maybe [there are] some things in other vehicles that we're not stopping at the time, but we just take what comes available to us," said Capt. Lance Rogers NSP.
Capt. Rogers has worked for NSP for 23 years and said the majority of their busts happen on I-80.
"Traditionally your drugs go from west to east, they travel to the eastern part of the United States and then your cash usually goes from the east to the west," he said.
Bigger busts tend to be coming from western states like California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, states with legalized recreational marijuana.
Capt. Rogers said to make busts vehicles are typically stopped for traffic violations, then he looks for suspicious behavior.
"Basically you talk to the violator/the driver and find out where they're coming from and where they're going to, and there are other trades that we don't necessarily give away at this time," he said.
NSP said the majority of their busts have been marijuana but they're still on the look out for other drugs like meth, cocaine, prescription drugs, and sex trafficking.