Nebraska troopers find 243 pounds of marijuana, other drugs on traffic stops

Nebraska State Patrol

LINCOLN, Neb. The Nebraska State Patrol says troopers arrested two men and seized more than 240 pounds of marijuana, methamphetamine and other drugs after traffic stops Thursday on Interstate 80.

Troopers made the first stop at about 12;30 p.m. near Grand Island after a trooper observed an eastbound Ford Fusion following too closely.

"During the traffic stop an NSP K9 detected the odor of a controlled substance coming from the trunk of the vehicle," the Nebraska State Patrol says.

Troopers searched the vehicle and found 75 pounds of marijuana and 2.5 grams of methamphetamine, the state patrol says.

Troopers arrested the driver, 38-year-old Ismael Murillo, of California, for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of methamphetamine and no drug tax stamp.

The second stop happened about 2:15 p.m. Thursday when a trooper saw an eastbound Toyota Camry following too closely near Lincoln.

"During the traffic stop, a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office K9 detected the presence of a controlled substance inside the vehicle.

A search of that vehicle revealed 168 pounds of marijuana and bottle of Ritalin that didn't include a prescription, the Nebraska State Patrol says.

Troopers arrested the driver, Eaid Gheith, 19, of Justice, Ill. for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled pharmaceutical, and and no drug tax stamp.