A Nebraska State Patrol trooper arrested two people after finding more than 130 pounds of marijuana and a loaded handgun during a traffic stop on Interstate 80.
About 1:50 p.m. Friday, a trooper saw an eastbound Mitsubishi Outlander following another vehicle too closely on Interstate 80 near Aurora, the patrol said Monday. During the traffic stop, the trooper detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the SUV.
The trooper searched the vehicle and found 132 pounds of marijuana in several duffel bags. The trooper also found a loaded handgun in a compartment in the passenger door.
The 24-year-old driver and 21-year-old passenger, both of Columbia, South Carolina, were arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana — more than a pound, possession with intent to deliver and possession of a firearm during a drug violation. Both men were taken to the Hamilton County Jail.
Our best Omaha staff photos & videos of October 2021
Josh Lill, from left, Paul Masin and Andrew Blocker, all UNL sophomores, sit in the student section as Sarah Person, a freshman, walks up the stairs ahead of the Purdue vs. Nebraska football game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln on Saturday.
Purdue's Chris Jefferson (17) grabs the ball that Nebraska's Austin Allen (11) lost control of as Purdue's Kieren Douglas (43) closes in during the Purdue vs. Nebraska football game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln on Saturday. Purdue won the game 28-23.
Pedestrians cross Farnam Street at 15th Street in the rain on Wednesday morning.
Jen Ellis, 39, walks through the remaining belongings and trash in a homeless encampment where she used to live north of downtown. Omaha police started clearing the camp, which is on Union Pacific property, of people in late September.
Kiki, a newly announced pregnant elephant at the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, which now has two pregnant elephants, with both calves due around February 2022.
Director of Bands at the University of Minnesota Emily Threinen conducts before the start of their game against Nebraska on Saturday.
Omaha Skutt's Hannah Camezind pitches against Hastings in Hastings on Friday.
Omaha Creighton Prep's Zachary Kuo celebrates winning the NSAA Class A #1 Singles state boy's tennis championship at the Koch Tennis Center in Omaha on Friday.
Penelope Smith shares a greeting card based on Sir John Franklin's Arctic expeditions of the 1800s.
Omaha Benson freshman Aaliyah Jones works on a project in a freshman academies class on Monday.
The sun sets as Michigan works on their second drive of the game against Nebraska Michigan on Saturday.
Max Dye front, and his brother Rex, climb the Husker Legacy outside of Memorial Stadium before the Nebraska and Michigan on Saturday. Max is 8, Rex is 5, and they are from Sutherland, Nebraska and will be attending their first game.
The boys start their race during the Metro Conference Cross Country Meet on Thursday.
Nebraska Head Coach Scott Frost smiles as his team celebrates a touchdown late in the second quarter against Northwestern on Saturday.
Omaha's Taylor Ward scores past Lake Superior State's Ethan Langenegger during their game on Sunday at Baxter Arena.
Nebraska's Samori Toure hauls in a long touchdown pass during the third quarter against Northwestern during their game on Saturday in Lincoln.
Nebraska's Garrett Nelson greets kids in the northwest corner of Memorial Stadium after defeating Northwestern football 56-7 on Saturday.
Nebraska's Ty Robinson tries to rally the crowd in the third quarter against Northwestern on Saturday.
Nebraska's Adrian Martinez is lifted in the air after scoring his second touchdown of the first quarter against Northwestern during their game on Saturday in Lincoln.
Nebraska's Jaquez Yant breaks free on a long run during the first quarter against Northwestern during their game on Saturday in Lincoln.
Kendall Coley is introduced during the Husker Hoops Opening Night celebration at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Friday.
Omaha Creighton Prep's Ed Hubner, left, and Riley Mahoney warm up before playinng North Platte on Friday.
North Platte's Kolten Tilford, left, can't stop Omaha Creighton Prep's Jack Stessman as he breaks away for a 65-yard second-quarter touchdown run on Friday.
Genesis Eggerson, 15, poses in the pink ball pit as her mom, Rachel Fox of Omaha, uses a remote to take photos during an opening event Thursday for Oh Snap!, a selfie studio at Westroads Mall.