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Troopers say they found 26 pounds of meth, pills in I-80 stop near Lexington
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Troopers say they found 26 pounds of meth, pills in I-80 stop near Lexington

From the What you missed this week in notable Southeast Nebraska crimes and court cases series
Seized drugs

The Nebraska State Patrol says they seized more than 25 pounds of methamphetamine in a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Lexington on Friday night. 

Nebraska State Patrol troopers arrested a California man after finding 26 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Lexington over the weekend.

It happened at about 6:15 p.m. Friday.

Patrol spokesman Cody Thomas said a trooper stopped a Hyundai Azera for failing to stop at a stop sign after exiting I-80 at the Overton interchange and became suspicious of criminal activity.

Thomas said a search of the trunk turned up a duffel bag with 26 packages, 25 of which contained methamphetamine, and nearly a third of a pound of pills, suspected to contain fentanyl.

Troopers arrested the driver, 35-year-old Octavio Padilla-Garcia of Los Angeles, on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and no drug tax stamp.

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Lori Pilger is a Norfolk native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been a public safety reporter for the Journal Star since 2005.

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