State troopers arrested two people Friday after locating more than 130 pounds of marijuana and a loaded handgun during a traffic stop near Aurora, Nebraska State Patrol spokesman Cody Thomas said.

Around 1:50 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, a trooper observed an eastbound Mitsubishi Outlander following another vehicle too closely on I-80 near Aurora and pulled it over. During the stop, the trooper detected the odor of marijuana from inside the vehicle, leading to a search.

The search turned up 132 pounds of marijuana in several duffel bags in the back of the vehicle. The trooper found a loaded handgun in the passenger door compartment, Thomas said.

The driver, Darius Rice, 24, and passenger, Alexus Webber, 21, both of Columbia, S.C. were charged with for possession of more than a pound of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver, no drug tax stamp, and possession of a firearm during a drug violation.

Both were taken to the Hamilton County jail, Thomas said.

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