Busy Weekend For State Patrol
A Busy weekend for the State Patrol in the area.
Friday afternoon during a traffic stop near Aurora on I80, a K-9 from the Merrick County Sheriff’s Department detected the odor of a controlled substance inside a vehicle.
A search of the vehicle revealed 181 pounds of marijuana in large bags in the cargo area of the vehicle. The driver, from Denver, was arrested and lodged in Hamilton County Jail.
Saturday afternoon, NSP received a report of a vehicle driving recklessly on Interstate 80 near Wood River.
Troopers located the vehicle in a gas station parking lot south of Interstate 80 at the Grand Island interchange.
During the encounter, a trooper observed a firearm in the center console of the vehicle. Further investigation led to the discovery of 18 pills, suspected to be fentanyl, in a plastic bag inside the vehicle.
The driver, from Idaho, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of a concealed weapon, and possession of a firearm while committing a felony.
The passenger, 26 year old Cody Deichen of Hastings was arrested for possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a firearm while committing a felony. Both men were lodged in Hall County Jail.