Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested a Florida man and seized more than 500 pounds of marijuana following a traffic stop on Interstate 80.
The stop occurred Monday afternoon when a trooper observed an eastbound blue Freightliner with a refrigerated trailer driving on the shoulder near Shelton.
During the traffic stop, the trooper became suspicious of criminal activity. A search of the vehicle revealed 18 boxes inside the refrigerated trailer. The boxes contained several hundred heat sealed bags of marijuana, weighing a total of 530 pounds. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $1.6 million.
The driver, 51-year-old Vladimir Javier of Homestead, Florida, was arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and no Drug Tax stamp. He was lodged in Buffalo County Jail.