State troopers arrested a Florida man Friday after finding more than 400 pounds of marijuana in his van during an I-80 traffic stop.
The pot was hidden in 14 ATMs, a safe, and a tote, Nebraska State Patrol spokesman Cody Thomas said.
Friday, April 30, at approximately 10 a.m., a trooper observed a Mercedes Sprinter Van fail to signal a turn while exiting I-80 at the Giltner interchange, at mile marker 324, just east of Grand Island. During the stop, an NSP K9 drug detection dog detected the presence of a controlled substance inside the van.
Troopers searched and found a plastic tote containing marijuana packages. They also found the ATMs as well as a large safe. With the help of the Grand Island fire department, the ATMs and the safe were opened, Thomas said. They were full of packages of marijuana.
The total weight of the marijuana amounted to 426 pounds. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, that is equivalent in value to about $1 million.
Troopers also found about $9,000 in a duffel bag in the front seat, Thomas said.
The driver, Gilbert Fernandez, 36, of Cooper City, Fla. was charged with possession of more than a pound of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver, and possession of money during a drug violation.
Fernandez was taken to the Hamilton County jail.
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