An Oregon man has been sentenced to 20 months to three years in prison in Nebraska for transporting more than 100 pounds of marijuana across the state.
A Nebraska State Patrol trooper stopped Raul Verdugo Jr., 45, of Ashland, Ore., for speeding Jan. 27, 2012, on Interstate 80 near the Pleasant Dale exit in Seward County.
He was arrested after a patrol drug dog indicated the odor of drugs coming from the rear of his 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor, prompting a search that turned up 103.5 pounds of marijuana packaged inside four large suitcases in the cargo area, according to a news release from the patrol.
Verdugo later pleaded no contest to possession of more than 1 pound of marijuana and no drug tax stamp. District Judge Jeffre Cheuvront sentenced him Tuesday.