A 34-year-old California man was arrested Sunday in the Omaha area after a large haul of marijuana was found in his SUV.
The Nebraska State Patrol said Hector Toscano, 34, Visalia, Calif., was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving and speeding.
Troopers made the arrest about 11 a.m. after Toscano's SUV was spotted driving erratically on eastbound I-80 while pulling a trailer. After a short pursuit, he was arrested without incident, and the pot, 137 1/2 pounds, was seized, the patrol said.
A patrol aircraft in the area followed Toscano from the air. Near the L Street exit on I-80, a trooper attempted to make a traffic stop on the SUV. The vehicle, which failed to stop, left I-80 at 72nd Street and headed south before turning east on Harrison Street. Toscano then turned onto a residential street that led to an open field where the SUV broke down.
The patrol said a check of the vehicle led to the discovery of drug paraphernalia. A patrol dog indicated that a drug odor was coming from the trailer, and a search of the trailer led to the discovery of the pot. The marijuana, which was packaged in 124 bundles, was found in a hidden compartment in the front of the trailer, the patrol said.
Toscano was being held in the Sarpy County Jail.