A federal jury has found a man guilty of conspiracy in connection with 35 pounds of meth found in a traffic stop near Lincoln in June.

Alfredo Valquier of Omaha is set for sentencing in February for conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Four others — Blanca Avila De Vega, Melissa Vega, Alejandro Buendia-Ramirez and Carlos Alberto Valquier — have pleaded guilty.

A Lancaster County sheriff's deputy stopped a rented SUV on Interstate 80 on the morning of June 7.

A search turned up 35 one-pound bags of crystal meth with a street value of $1.5 million hidden in suitcases in the cargo area.

Investigators came to believe 15 pounds of the meth were headed from Phoenix to Omaha, according to court records.

Law enforcement arrested Alfredo Valquier at a rental house near Interstate 80 used to stash drugs and drug money. A search of the house turned up $19,000.

His trial began Monday in U.S. District Court in Omaha. The jury found him guilty Wednesday.

 

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Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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