Nebraska State Patrol seized more than 200 pounds of marijuana in two traffic stops

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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.

Courtesy of the Nebraska State Patrol

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.

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