Traffic stop near Kearney leads to $1 million in marijuana products

(Nebraska State Patrol)

More than $1 million worth of marijuana products were taken off Interstate 80 near Kearney, according to the Nebraska State Patrol.

Troopers with NSP arrested two men and seized 290 pounds of marijuana and other products during a traffic stop on Wednesday.

NSP said a trooper saw an eastbound, maroon Freightliner pulling a box trailer make an improper lane change at mile marker 279 near Kearney at 8:20 a.m. The semi also had a lighting defect.

During the traffic stop, an NSP K9 detected the odor of a controlled substance coming from the semi-trailer. A search of the vehicle revealed 284 pounds of raw marijuana, 2.5 pounds of marijuana wax, and 3.6 pounds of marijuana-infused vape tubes. The estimated street value is more than $1 million.

Luis Lopez, 48, of Bakersfield, California, and Kenneth Keepes, 48, of Culver, Oregon, were both arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and no Drug Tax stamp. Both men were taken to the Buffalo County Jail.

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