Lancaster County Sheriff's deputies found 78 credit, debit and gift cards believed to have been stolen, and arrested two Michigan men after an Interstate 80 traffic stop last week west of Lincoln, according to court documents.

Deputies stopped an eastbound SUV driven by Quintarus M. Jenkins Jr. on Oct. 26 near the Nebraska 103 exit for speeding and following too closely, according to an arrest affidavit.

A deputy spoke with Jenkins, 21, of Southfield, and passenger Romero Counts, 21, of Detroit, and smelled marijuana in the SUV.

During the stop, the deputy also developed another unspecified suspicion the two were  involved in criminal activity, so he searched the SUV.

Less than an ounce of marijuana under the center row seating, and the cards, along with a card-scanning and reading device, were found hidden under the flooring in the cargo area, the deputy said.

The cards bore the names of Counts, Jenkins and several others not there, the affidavit said.

Prosecutors have charged Jenkins and Counts with criminal possession of a financial transaction device, and a judge earlier this week found them indigent and appointed lawyers to defend them.

Jenkins has posted bond, but Counts remained in the Lancaster County jail on $2,500 bond Thursday.

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

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