State troopers arrested three people in two incidents in Kimball County, including the discovery of more than 300 pounds of suspected marijuana.
In the first, around 11:40 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22 troopers saw a Toyota van parked on the shoulder of I-80 with apparent vehicle trouble just inside the state line, at mile marker 8, in Kimball County. They stopped to help.
Nebraska State Patrol spokesman Cody Thomas said the driver, Micah Cameron, 38, of Highlands Ranch, Colo. had a firearm but is prohibited from possessing it. While trying to place Cameron under arrest, he threw a glass object against the ground that was allegedly drug paraphernalia containing suspected methamphetamine. A search of the vehicle turned up a rifle and several firearm components, Thomas said.
Cameron was charged with possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person, possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony. He was taken to Kimball County Jail.
In the second incident, around 3:50 p.m. MT on Monday, troopers saw a Ford Transit speeding north on 53A Spur near Dix and pulled it over. Thomas said a trooper detected the odor of marijuana from inside the vehicle, giving cause to search the vehicle. The search turned up 261.5 pounds of suspected marijuana plus 50.5 pounds of suspected THC hash, totaling 312 pounds. Troopers also found a fake driver’s license that belonged to the driver, Thomas said.
The driver, Noah Ropon, 19, of Beaver Falls, Penn. and passenger, Anthony George, 20, of Beaver, Penn. were charged with possession of more than a pound of marijuana, as well as possession with intent to deliver. Ropon was also charged with criminal impersonation. The two men were taken to the Kimball County Jail, Thomas said.
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