A 40-year-old Emory, Texas, man was found guilty by a Lincoln jury Tuesday of intent to deliver 55 pounds of marijuana.
A Nebraska State Patrol trooper found the pot in the trunk of a rental car being driven by Forrest W. Jones on Interstate 80 more than a year ago.
The trooper stopped Jones at 10:45 a.m. March 10, 2011, near west Lincoln for following too closely and became suspicious when Jones and his passenger gave different stories about their travel plans and lied about prior drug arrests, according to an affidavit for their arrest.
A drug dog sniffed the car and found an odor of narcotics. A search turned up marijuana wrapped in plastic and duct tape and stored in two plastic tubs. The passenger in the car, 34-year-old Michael W. Shaw, later told the patrol he was going from Glendale, Ariz., to Muscatine, Iowa, where he lives.
Lancaster County District Judge Robert Otte set Jones' sentencing for Aug. 31. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
Shaw was sentenced in December to 16 to 32 months in prison.