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Nebraska State Patrol troopers have confiscated a variety of illegal drugs and arrested three people after making traffic stops in east-central and central Nebraska.
Late Tuesday morning, a trooper became suspicious of criminal activity after talking to the driver of a GMC Sierra at the rest area near Kearney. A patrol dog then detected the odor of a controlled substance inside the vehicle. A search of the vehicle uncovered about 2 pounds of cocaine concealed inside the center console.
The driver, a 31-year-old resident of Woodbridge, Virginia, was arrested and taken to the Buffalo County Jail.
The cocaine has an estimated street value of $37,000.
Tuesday afternoon, a trooper stopped a Nissan Quest that was speeding on I-80 near Waco, about 40 miles west of Lincoln. During the traffic stop, the trooper smelled marijuana inside the vehicle. A search of the minivan revealed 222 pounds of marijuana concealed in duffel bags in the cargo area. The driver, a 23-year-old man from Patterson, California, was arrested and taken to the York County Jail.
The estimated value of the marijuana is $422,000.
Late Thursday morning, a trooper spotted a speeding Chevrolet minivan on U.S. Highway 30 in Shelton, which is about 20 miles northeast of Kearney. During the traffic stop, a patrol dog detected the odor of a controlled substance inside the vehicle. A search uncovered 61 pounds of marijuana, more than 750 THC vape cartridges, more than 100 syringes of suspected ketamine, 2 pounds of marijuana wax, 24 doses of LSD, more than 380 packages of THC edibles and smaller amounts of cocaine, ketamine, DMT, ecstasy, psilocybin mushrooms, amphetamine and multiple drug paraphernalia items. The driver, a 48-year-old resident of Salem, Oregon, was arrested and taken to the Buffalo County Jail.
Kamirah Cox, 8, and Ty’Nell Qualls, 11, play as the sunshines outside Qualls’ home on North 47th Avenue in Omaha on Monday.
Fremont’s Taylor McCabe and Millard North’s Jasen Green, captains of the Omaha World-Herald 2022 All-Nebraska girls and boys basketball teams.
Two people on Capitol Avenue walk east toward 14th Street on the north side of what was once Union Pacific’s headquarters Saturday.
UNO’s Maggie O’Brien celebrates a strikeout by Wichita State’s Neleigh Herring to end the first inning on Wednesday.
UNO’s Sydney Ross, (in batting helmet) and Olivia Aden, right, react to a series of walks by Wichita State in the 7th inning on Wednesday.
Eugenia, a female calf born in early January, was the first elephant to be born at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium.
Bellevue West’s Josiah Dotzler (22) gets caught between Omaha Creighton Prep’s Casey OMalley (10) and Joshua Townley-Thomas (21) in the Bellevue West vs. Omaha Creighton Prep boys basketball NSAA state semifinal game in Lincoln on Thursday.
Gretna heard coach Brad Feeken talks to his team between quarters in the Millard North vs. Gretna boys basketball NSAA state semifinal game in Lincoln on Thursday. Millard North won the game 58-43.
Nebraska’s Casey Thompson gives an interview in the concourse at Memorial Stadium on Wednesday.
Omaha Central’s Ital Lopuyo (22) blocks a shots by Lincoln Southwest’s Alexa Gobel (21) in the Omaha Central vs. Lincoln Southwest girls basketball NSAA state quarterfinal game in Lincoln on Monday.
Britt Prince, a sophomore and the state girls basketball scoring leader, in her home gym at Elkhorn North High School in Omaha on Thursday, March 03, 2022.
Creighton’s Ryan Kalkbrenner dunks during their game against UConn at CHI Health Center in Omaha on Wednesday.
Creighton’s Ryan Kalkbrenner (left) battles UConn’s Adama Sanogo for a rebound during their game at CHI Health Center in Omaha on Wednesday.
Bellevue East players celebrate their A-7 district final win against Millard North at Bellevue East High School in Bellevue on Tuesday.
Bellevue East’s Mya Skoff (right) holds her face as Jayla Wilson shoots a free throw late in the 4th quarter of their A-7 district final against Millard North at Bellevue East High School in Bellevue on Tuesday.
Creighton’s Ryan Kalkbrenner celebrates after scoring in the second half of their game against UConn at CHI Health Center in Omaha on Wednesday.
Omaha firefighters battle a brush fire on the grass south of eastbound Interstate 80 on Wednesday. Traffic was restricted during that time.
Omaha firefighters battle a brush fire on the grass south of eastbound I80 on Wednesday. Traffic was restricted during that time.
Sophie Wilson and her daughter Coco walk past “David with the Head of Goliath” on Wednesday.
Sebastian Moore, 11, rides his bike around the pond, still partially covered in ice, at Benson Park in Omaha on Tuesday. Highs were in the mid-70s Tuesday afternoon.
Fremont’s McKenna Murphy cuts down her portion of the net after defeating Lincoln Southwest during a Class A state basketball tournament final at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Friday.
Iowa’s Max Murin celebrates a win over Northwestern’s Yahya Thomas during the 149-pound match.
Rachel Andrew sews in her workspace at her home in Lincoln on Thursday.
Seton Hall’s Jamir Harris (left) and Creighton’s Rati Andronikashvili battle for a loose ball during their game at CHI Health Center in Omaha on Saturday.
UNO’s Eduardo Rosario hits a foul into his face during their game against Valparaiso at Tal Anderson Field in Omaha, Nebraska, on Friday, March 4, 2022. (AP PHOTO/OMAHA WORLD-HERALD, Eileen T. Meslar)
Lincoln Southwest’s Aniya Seymore (center) celebrates after getting fouled during their semifinal game against Millard South at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Wednesday.
Lincoln High’s Dyvine Harris (left center) and Ariana Hoagland celebrate after a Fremont foul during their semifinal game at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Wednesday.
Lincoln Southwest players celebrate after defeating Millard South in their semifinal game at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Wednesday.
Fremont’s Sarah Shepard (left) battles Lincoln High’s Dyvine Harris for a loose ball during their semifinal game at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Wednesday.
Omaha Skutt’s Julia Connealy (left) battles Adams Central’s Rachel Goodon for a loose ball during their semifinal game at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Thursday.
Omaha Roncalli Catholic players celebrate after defeating Omaha Skutt Catholic in their championship game at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Friday.
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family Head’s Jacob Sjuts reacts after getting a foul with seconds left in a tied championship game against Grand Island Central Catholic at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Friday.
Grand Island Central Catholic cheerleader Gracie Joseph cheers during the championship game against Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Friday.
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family Head Coach Joe Hesse reacts during overtime of their championship game against Grand Island Central Catholic at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Friday.
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family’s Ethan Keller (right) hugs Cooper Beller after winning their championship game against Grand Island Central Catholic at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Friday.
Elkhorn North players celebrate after winning their championship game against Omaha Skutt Catholic at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Saturday.
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