Nebraska State Patrol troopers arrested a Georgia man Monday morning after they found 114 pounds of marijuana in his SUV during a traffic stop near Lincoln, an agency spokesman said Tuesday.
Tzeghai Sayetu-Hazell, 32, of East Point, was driving east on Interstate 80 near the south U.S. 77 exit when a trooper pulled over his 2018 Ford Expedition for following too closely, Cody Thomas said in a news release.
During the traffic stop, the trooper smelled marijuana in the vehicle and searched the SUV, Thomas said.
Troopers found several duffel bags in the SUV containing the marijuana in heat-sealed bags, Thomas said. The patrol estimates the street value at $342,000.
Troopers also found two dextroamphetamine pills.
Sayetu-Hazell was taken to the Lancaster County jail on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and no drug tax stamp.
Lancaster County's largest drug seizures
Deputies found nearly 100 pounds of marijuana in heat-sealed vacuum bags when they pulled over Noah Vang, 29, of Appleton, Wisconsin, in September 2016. Vang pleaded guilty to attempted delivery of marijuana and was sentenced to nearly two years of prison time.
Steven McElmury, 69, of Cedaredge, Colorado, was caught with 515 pounds of marijuana in the bed of his truck by Lancaster County deputies in January 2016. He was sentenced to 18 months to three years in prison.
Deputies seize cocaine, cash in I-80 stop
Lancaster County sheriff's deputies seized a kilo of cocaine, $960 in cash, cellphones and a Coca-Cola hat during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 in August 2016. Francisco Alvarex, 27, from Santa Ana, California, was arrested and eventually sentenced to 5 years of prison time.
15.7 pounds of meth seized
Lancaster County sheriff's deputies seized more than 15 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at more than $712,000, during a traffic stop on U.S. 77 in March 2014. The drugs were hidden in the car's firewall. The vehicle's owner, Alfonso Lopez-Garcia of Modesta, California, was sentenced to 11 years and 3 months in prison.
Lancaster County sheriff's deputies seized more than $118,000 in suspected drug money and nearly 20 grams of marijuana in a traffic stop in June 2014. The driver of the vehicle, Jeffrey Hare, and passenger David L. Gregory, both of Charlotte, were believed to be driving to California to purchase drugs.
Money found in SUV
A Lancaster County sheriff's deputy found nearly $1 million in vacuum-sealed bags when they stopped Ryan Perich, 30, of Elk Grove, California, in January 2014. Perich claimed he knew the money was drug related and that he was transporting it from the East Coast to California. Papers found in his vehicle contained addresses and entry code information to storage units on the East Coast that were believed to contain information on drug debts and money collected. Investigators believe the money found was the equivalent of 208 pounds of high-quality, indoor-grown marijuana.
55 pounds of cocaine
Deputies with the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office found 55 pounds of cocaine inside a tractor-trailer traveling on Interstate 80 on Feb. 28, 2017. They arrested the driver, 56-year-old Gustavo Zamora, charging him with possession of more than 140 grams of cocaine. If convicted, he could face 20 years in prison.
Sheriff's deputies found 7.5 pounds of meth hidden in this cooler in a car stopped on Interstate 80 just outside of Lincoln in July 2016. Richard Perez and Aniceto Perez Jr., both of California, pleaded no contest to a charge of possession of marijuana in March and will serve between five and 12 years in prison.
Richard W. Wilkinson
Lancaster County sheriff's deputies arrested suspected Oregon marijuana processor Richard Wilkinson in November after finding 110 pounds of marijuana, plus about $1.1 million in a cannabis extract called shatter, during a traffic stop, Sheriff Terry Wagner says. Wilkinson was stopped near the downtown Lincoln interchange on eastbound Interstate 80, Wagner said.
100 pounds of marijuana
Lancaster County deputies found 100 pounds of marijuana in large hockey bags during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near the U.S. 77 exit on Wednesday. Two Florida women were arrested.