Lancaster County sheriff's deputies arrested a father and son during an Interstate 80 traffic stop Wednesday after finding 120 pounds of marijuana in their pickup, according to court records.
Lester and Jon Bartholomew's pickup was stopped that morning near the Emerald exit for failing to signal a lane change, a deputy wrote in an affidavit for their arrests.
The driver, Lester Bartholomew, 76, appeared nervous to the deputy and said the pair were headed to Indianapolis, but his 45-year-old son separately told the deputy they were headed to Kansas to buy hot rod parts, the affidavit said.
The deputy researched their address on Google Earth and saw it had a large outdoor marijuana grow operation, he said in the affidavit.
After being denied a request to search the truck, the deputy called for a police dog, which indicated it smelled drugs following a sniff around the vehicle, the affidavit said.
The marijuana was found in two toolboxes in the bed of the truck, the affidavit said. THC hash, THC vape pens and a small amount of methamphetamine were also discovered by deputies.
The Azalea, Oregon, residents were taken to the Lancaster County jail.
Both have been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of meth and no drug tax stamp.
They remained in jail Friday on $25,000 bond.
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Pair accused of hauling 645 pounds of pot on I-80 through Lincoln area
Two men remained at the Lancaster County jail Thursday, a day after prosecutors charged them in connection with 645 pounds of marijuana found in their rental truck.
Brandon Arrington, 30, of McDonough, Georgia, and Edward Babb of Houston both are facing four felonies: two counts of possession with intent to deliver and two counts of no drug tax stamp.
In an affidavit for their arrests, a Lancaster County Sheriff's deputy said he stopped a GMC Penske rental truck with Virginia plates Tuesday after seeing its passenger side tires cross onto the shoulder of Interstate 80 near the Lincoln Airport exit.
During the traffic stop, the deputy became suspicious the men were involved in criminal activity.
They both denied a request to search the truck, but the deputy deployed his police dog around it after seeing what he believed to be marijuana residue on the floorboard.
The search turned up 645 pounds of marijuana and 4.74 pounds of THC vapor pens in the truck's cargo area inside cardboard boxes wrapped in plastic wrap, according to court records.
On Wednesday, at their first court appearances on the charges, Lancaster County Judge Matt Acton set their bonds at $250,000.
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Lancaster County deputies find 109 lbs of pot in I-80 traffic stop
A California woman was arrested Friday morning after Lancaster County sheriff's deputies found more 100 pounds of marijuana in her vehicle during a traffic stop.
At about 9:30 a.m., Pakou J. Yang, 37, of Oroville, was pulled over on Interstate 80 about three miles east of the Pleasant Dale interchange for following another vehicle too closely.
During the stop, a deputy determined the 2018 Nissan that Yang was driving was a one-way rental, which the deputy described in court records as a common sign of drug trafficking. She also became "extremely nervous" while being questioned by the deputy.
Deputies searched the vehicle after a drug-sniffing dog indicated the presence of drugs. They found 109.5 pounds of vacuum-sealed marijuana in the trunk, according to court records.
Yang was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp. She remained in jail Friday on $50,000 bail.