Two separate traffic stops on Interstate 80 resulted in troopers seizing nearly 120 pounds of marijuana.
According to the Nebraska State Patrol, the first stop occurred just after noon on Friday, November 1. A trooper stopped an eastbound 2013 Chevy Tahoe for speeding on I-80 near the Cozad exit.
Officials say the trooper was given consent to search the vehicle. The search led to the seizure of 91.2 lbs. of marijuana. The marijuana was located in five duffel bags in the cargo area of the SUV.
The male driver, 29-year-old Jewell E. Pendleton II of Raleigh, N.C., was lodged in the Dawson County Jail for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.
Then, on Saturday, November 2, just after 1:00 a.m., a trooper stopped an eastbound, 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee for speeding on I-80 near the Lincoln Airport exit.
Upon contacting the driver, NSP sayd the trooper smelled an odor of marijuana. A probable cause search led to the seizure of 28.6 lbs. of marijuana. They say the marijuana was located in four plastic trash bags in the cargo area of the vehicle.
The driver of the SUV, 46-year-old Wade N. Davis of Crossville, Tenn., and a passenger, 70-year-old Martin W. Singleton of Crescent City, Fla., were both lodged in the Lancaster County Corrections, each on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.