State troopers arrested three people and seized 177 pounds of marijuana as well as a handgun during two separate traffic searches on Sunday along I-80.
Around 10:10 a.m., a trooper who was at a gas station at the Milford interchange spoke with the driver of a Ford Expedition, who had also stopped there, NSP spokesman Cody Thomas said.
During the encounter, the trooper smelled marijuana from the Expedition, prompting a search that turned up 163 pounds of marijuana in duffel bags in a rooftop luggage carrier. The trooper also found a handgun in the passenger’s possession.
The driver, Richard Hunter, 55, and passenger, Jack Skinner, 45, both of Medford, Ore., were charged with possession of more than a pound of marijuana with intent to deliver. Skinner was also charged with possession of a firearm during a drug violation. They were taken to the Seward County jail.
Approximately an hour later, at 11:15 a.m., another trooper stopped an eastbound Nissan Altima that was allegedly going 95 mph near Kearney. The trooper discovered the driver had a suspended driver’s license.
A search of the vehicle turned up 14 pounds of marijuana. The driver, Davon Canada, 35, of Des Moines, Iowa, was charged with possession of more than a pound of marijuana with intent to deliver, as well as driving with a suspended license. He was taken to the Buffalo County jail, Thomas said.