Interstate 80 marijuana

Nebraska State Patrol troopers found 526 pounds of marijuana in boxes during an Interstate 80 traffic stop near the Beaver Crossing exit Jan. 10.

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Two California men were arrested after Nebraska state troopers found 526 pounds of marijuana inside their truck during a Wednesday night traffic stop on Interstate 80.

Robert P. Rahon, 27, of Sacramento, and Felice M. Giorgetti, 38, of Huntington Beach, were headed east in a truck near the Beaver Crossing exit at about 11 p.m. when a trooper pulled them over for failing to signal a turn and having improper lighting, Patrol spokesman Cody Thomas said.

During the stop, the troopers had a police dog sniff the truck and it indicated the odor of drugs coming from the rear of the vehicle, Thomas said in a news release.

Troopers searched the truck and found 17 boxes containing marijuana, which they estimated to be worth $1.5 million, Thomas said.

Rahon and Giorgetti were taken to the Seward County jail on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp.

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Riley Johnson reports on breaking news and public safety issues in Lincoln and southeast Nebraska.

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