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#1 Sep 24, 2008
Meth & Marijuana Seized in
Separate Traffic Stops
(Lincoln, NE)- More than 800 lbs. of marijuana along with 3 ˝ ounces of meth were seized by Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) troopers on Tuesday, September 23, 2008, in two separate traffic stops on Interstate 80.
At approximately 6:13 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23, 2008, a trooper with Headquarters Troop-Lincoln stopped an eastbound Penske Rental truck with Indiana plates for speeding and failing to signal about one mile east of the Beaver Crossing exit on I-80 in Seward County, Nebraska.
A check of the drivers’ license information determined he was wanted by Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE). The driver was arrested on the outstanding warrant. The trooper was given consent to search the vehicle by the passenger. An NSP canine indicated the odor of drugs coming from the cargo area of the truck. A search of the vehicle led to the seizure of 33 bales of marijuana inside boxes in the back of the rental truck. The marijuana seized totaled 810 lbs.
The driver of the vehicle 34-year-old Benedicto Galvez of Detroit, Michigan, was lodged in the Seward County jail on the outstanding warrant from ICE, as well as a charge of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver. A passenger in the vehicle 28-year-old Manuel Mendoza, of Detroit, Michigan, was lodged on a charge of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver.
A second stop earlier in the day in Buffalo County, near Kearney, Nebraska resulted in the seizure of 3 ˝ ounces of methamphetamine.
Shortly before noon on Tuesday, a trooper with Troop C Headquarters- Grand Island stopped an eastbound white, 1984 Oldsmobile, for speeding near mm 278. During the stop the trooper detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle led to the seizure of 3 ˝ ounces of meth from the passenger compartment & trunk of the vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle 47-year-old William Oliver of Harlan, Iowa, was lodged in the Buffalo County Detention Center in Kearney on a charge of Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver.
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