Two men were arrested Tuesday in separate traffic stops, allegedly carrying high-grade marijuana from Colorado to distribute in other states.
An Iowa man, allegedly transporting 14 pounds of marijuana, was stopped at 7:34 a.m. Tuesday morning on I-80 near North Platte.
Nebraska State Patrol spokesman Cody Thomas said a trooper saw a black Ford F-250 without a required license plate traveling east on I-80 at mile marker 173, about four miles west of North Platte.
The trooper pulled the pickup over and asked to search it. The driver refused, so an NSP drug detection dog was summoned, which indicated the odor of a controlled substance inside the pickup according to official reports.
A search of the vehicle turned up 14 pounds of marijuana in 14 sealed baggies inside a duffel bag in a large, metal tool box in the bed of the pickup. Troopers also found drug paraphernalia and three kinds of controlled pills — Alprazolam, Xanax and morphine.
Small amounts of marijuana, marijuana products, and hash oil were found in the cab, according to an arrest affidavit filed with the Lincoln County court. The marijuana reportedly originated in Colorado, the affidavit said.
The driver, Keith Cerney, 32, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia, and not having a drug tax stamp. He was taken to the Lincoln County jail.
Cerney bonded out of jail the next day, according to sheriff’s records.
Earlier: Bust near York exit
At approximately 1:10 a.m. Tuesday, a trooper saw an eastbound Nissan Pathfinder speeding near York. The SUV was pulled over and a drug detection dog summoned. The dog indicated the odor of a controlled substance inside the vehicle.
In the search, troopers found about 18 pounds of marijuana as well as 800 THC vape cartridges,Thomas said.
The driver, Aaron Braun, 26, of Madison, Wisc., and passenger, Kristofor Cooks, 27, of Fitchburg, Wisc. were both charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, and no drug tax stamp. They were taken to the York County jail.