Sarpy seizure

The Sarpy County Count Sheriff's Office says it seized about 1,000 pounds of marijuana from a vehicle on Interstate 80 on Wednesday.

Deputies from Sarpy and Douglas counties found approximately 1,000 pounds of marijuana inside a van on Interstate 80 early Wednesday, the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office says in a news release.

The stop took place at about 2:30 a.m. near mile marker 441, just west of the Giles Road interchange in La Vista.

The release doesn't say what prompted a Sarpy County deputy to stop the van. The deputy found the marijuana in the van's cargo area with help from a police dog and handler from Douglas County. 

Both occupants of the van, who are from out of state, were arrested on felony drug charges.

The marijuana has an estimated street value of up to $5 million.

The seizure is one of the biggest in recent Nebraska history, said Cody Thomas, spokesman for the Nebraska State Patrol. In April, the Patrol seized 1,851 pounds of marijuana in an I-80 stop.

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Assistant city editor

Zach Pluhacek is an assistant city editor.

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