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Marijuana bust

Nebraska State Patrol troopers seized 199 pounds of marijuana and a defaced handgun during a traffic stop near the Goehner exit on Interstate 80 Wednesday.

A California man was arrested and nearly 200 pounds of marijuana were seized during an Interstate 80 traffic stop near the Goehner exit Wednesday, a Nebraska State Patrol spokesman said Thursday.

A trooper stopped an eastbound Honda SUV for speeding at about noon and smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, Cody Thomas said in a news release.

Troopers searched the SUV and found 199 pounds of marijuana in duffel bags and a loaded handgun that had been defaced, Thomas said.

Investigators estimated the marijuana was worth $600,000 on the street, he said.

The driver, Edgar Gonzalez, 26, was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of a defaced firearm, and no drug tax stamp.

He was taken to the Seward County jail, where he remained Thursday.

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

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