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Weekend traffic stops lead to pot seizuresTell North Platte what you think
 

Two traffic stops on I-80 in eastern Nebraska Sunday led to the seizure of nearly 20 pounds of marijuana.

Both vehicles were eastbound.

Around 2:30 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 17, a trooper stopped an eastbound 2012 Ford Fusion for following too close near the Lincoln Airport Exit on I-80 in Lancaster County, Nebraska State Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins said. An NSP drug dog indicated the odor of drugs coming from the rear of the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle led to the seizure of 14 packages of marijuana weighing a total of 8 pounds, found in a locked tote in the trunk.

The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, Nicholas L. VanGorden, 40, of Denver was lodged in the Lancaster County Jail on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.


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Collins said a second traffic stop Sunday afternoon for speeding on I-80 near Aurora in Hamilton County turned up just over 10 pounds of marijuana.

Around 3:48 p.m., a trooper stopped an eastbound 2012 Hyundai Genesis for speeding. An NSP drug dog indicated the odor of drugs coming from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle led to the seizure of 10.6 pounds of marijuana.

The marijuana was in two padlocked foot lockers in the trunk.

The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, Michael B. Fenili, 40, of Fresno, Calif., was lodged in the Hamilton County on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, Collins said.


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 2/19/2013
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