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California woman takes plea deal in Nebraska marijuana case

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) _ A California woman accused of having marijuana for sale has been fined in western Nebraska.

Lincoln County District Court records say a judge told 51-year-old Jewel Estrada on Monday to pay fines of $5,000 and $5,000 restitution to Nebraska. Station NTV reports that Estrada took a deal and pleaded guilty to possessing more than a pound of marijuana and to not having a tax stamp. The pot charge was lowered from possession for sale.

The Nebraska State Patrol says a trooper made a traffic stop of the woman’s car on Dec. 17 just after she left Interstate 80 in North Platte. The trooper discovered the driver, Estrada, was wanted on a 2010 traffic citation for speeding in eastern Nebraska. She lives in North San Juan, California.

The patrol says troopers found around 59 pounds (27 kilograms) of pot in her car.

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