NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KCAU) – Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) troopers have arrested two people after discovering more than 200 pounds of marijuana in two traffic stops on Monday.
According to Nebraska State Patrol, at about 6:40 p.m. on Monday, a trooper saw a Hyundai Santa Fe fail to signal a turn as it was exiting Interstate 80 at the Ogallala interchange.
During the traffic stop, the trooper detected criminal activity and a search of the Santa Fe found 116 pounds of marijuana, officials said.
The driver, Erasmo Arteaga Chavez, 26, of Renton, Washington, was arrested for possession of marijuana — more than one pound and possession with intent to deliver.
Also, on Monday at around 7:20 p.m., another NSP trooper saw a Ford Explorer following too closely on Interstate 80 at mile marker 273 near Kearney.
NSP mentioned that during the traffic stop, the trooper noticed signs of secret activity, performed a search of the Explorer, and found 95 pounds of marijuana.
The driver, Patricia Jolly, 57, of Pearl, Mississippi, was arrested for possession of marijuana — more than one pound and possession with intent to deliver.
Chavez was booked in the Keith County Jail and Jolly was booked in the Buffalo County Jail.