Nebraska state troopers arrested two drivers from Wisconsin and seized the marijuana they were carrying during two separate traffic stops on Wednesday and Thursday.
The drivers were eastbound, apparently coming from Colorado.
The first stop was on I-80 near Wood River around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, when a trooper saw an eastbound Chevrolet Tahoe following to closely behind another vehicle and pulled it over.
During the traffic stop, a K9 drug detection dog indicated there was a controlled substance in the vehicle, NSP spokesman Cody Thomas said.
Troopers searched and found 169 pounds of marijuana, Thomas said. The driver, Khamla Bongxay, 31, of Milwaukee, Wisc. was charged with possession of marijuana, intent to deliver and not having a drug tax stamp.
Bongxay was incarcerated in the Hall County jail.
The second stop occurred around 10:45 a.m. Thanksgiving Day on the west edge of Nebraska. A trooper saw a speeding eastbound Infinity Q50 on I-76, two miles inside the state line.
The car was stopped. Thomas said the trooper detected unspecified criminal activity, and then searched the car.
The searched turned up 20 pounds of marijuana, THC edibles, as well as a handgun.
The driver, Jimmy Fabian, 26, of Madison, Wisc., was charged with possession of marijuana – more than one pound, intent to deliver, possession of a firearm during a felony drug offense, and no drug tax stamp.
Fabian was taken to the Cheyenne County jail.