Three men were arrested and more than 300 pounds of marijuana were seized by Lancaster County Sheriff’s deputies during various traffic stops on Interstate 80 near Lincoln in February 2018.
The first stop was near the Nebraska 103 exit, according to an arrest affidavit.
A deputy stopped an eastbound SUV for speeding and followed too closely and requested a search of the vehicle after developing an unspecified suspicion that “criminal activity was in progress.” A police dog said he smelled the smell of drugs inside, according to the affidavit.
MPs found 98 packages of marijuana in boxes and a sports bag in the tailgate area, according to the affidavit.
The driver, Doua Vu, 50, of Fresno, Calif., Was jailed for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and without a tax stamp.
Two days later, MPs stopped two eastbound vehicles that they believed were traveling together: a car for following too closely and a truck for crossing the shoulder line, according to the affidavit.
Truck driver Ariel Hernandez of Chicago had THC concentrate in the cup holder, investigators said.
The deputy, believing the 27-year-old to be involved in criminal activity, searched the truck and found seven duffel bags containing 134 pounds of marijuana and 2,150 vapor pen cartridges of THC, according to the affidavit.
Hernandez was jailed on suspicion of possession of marijuana with the intention of delivering. The driver of the car, Samuel Colonna, 22, of Chicago, was jailed for aiding and abetting possession with the intention of delivering.