State troopers arrested two Massachusetts men in a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Milford on Thursday after a search of their van found more than 1,600 pounds of THC edibles, THC wax and some marijuana, an agency spokesman said Friday.
Cody Thomas of the Nebraska State Patrol said a trooper stopped an eastbound 2018 Dodge Caravan for speeding at about 2:30 p.m., and asked to search the van after the trooper suspected there were drugs inside.
That search turned up 488 boxes, each containing 50 THC candy bars, Thomas said in a news release.
BTW - This is by far the largest seizure of THC edibles NSP has ever made.— NEStatePatrol (@NEStatePatrol) October 12, 2018
Great job, Troops! https://t.co/Fh1aQG93cL
The search also found 465 units of THC wax and a 11 pounds of marijuana, he said.
The total weight of the contraband was 1,640 pounds, and troopers estimated street value at more than $550,000.
Driver Anthony Iovieno, 44, and passenger Casey Pichette, 38, both of North Grafton, were arrested for possession of controlled substances with intent to deliver and taken to the Seward County Jail, the release said.
Thursday's seizure was the largest the agency has ever recorded, Thomas said.
In all of 2017, troopers seized a total of 400 pounds in THC edibles.
Lancaster County's biggest drug seizures
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.