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Marijuana seizure

A string of four traffic stops this week by Nebraska State Patrol troopers has led to eight arrests and the seizure of marijuana, THC and edibles.

The first happened at about 11:50 a.m. Wednesday, when a trooper near the Colorado border on Interstate 76 stopped an eastbound Hyundai Accent for speeding, smelled marijuana and found about 50 pounds of it concealed in two trash bags.

Patrol Spokesman Cody Thomas said troopers arrested Joshua Garrett, 25, and his passengers, Natalya Garrett, 21, and Morgan Dismuke, 23, all of Omaha, on suspicion of possessing more than a pound of marijuana.

The next happened at about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, when a trooper smelled marijuana after stopping a Dodge Ram for failing to signal at the Interstate 80 exit near Utica.

Thomas said a search turned up 2,760 units of THC vape oil and led to the arrest of Colin Bode, 47, of Pennsylvania, and Manuel Jardine, 73, of Hawaii, on suspicion of possession of more than a pound of marijuana.

Around the same time, a trooper on patrol near Lexington smelled marijuana after stopping a Chevrolet Malibu for failing to signal a turn. Thomas said a search turned up 18 ounces of marijuana, 100 THC edibles, 22 grams of THC wax and drug paraphernalia.

Troopers arrested Nicholas Herko, 29, of Lockport, New York, and Savannah Bixler, 35, of Tuscon, Arizona, on drug offenses. Bixler also was accused of resisting arrest for allegedly trying to bite and spit on troopers.

Lastly, at about 2:20 a.m. Thursday, a trooper stopped an eastbound SUV for speeding just west of Lincoln on I-80 and became suspicious of criminal activity. Thomas said a search turned up 93 pounds of high-grade marijuana, more than a pound of shatter, 1,827 THC vape pens, a small amount of THC edibles and a handgun.

They arrested Karmel Thomas, 40, of Scottsdale, Arizona, on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and other changes.

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Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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