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Dog finds 'cookie' marijuana among drugs in $1 million bust after big rig changed lanes

A bag labeled "cookie" was among $1 million worth of marijuana found by Nebraska state troopers during a search of a semi-trailer on Wednesday.
A bag labeled "cookie" was among $1 million worth of marijuana found by Nebraska state troopers during a search of a semi-trailer on Wednesday. Courtesy of the Nebraska State Patrol

A police dog helped Nebraska state troopers find $1 million worth of marijuana in a big rig that had made an improper lane change, officials said.

A trooper saw the big rig, which had a lighting defect, make an improper lane change on I-80 near Kearney at around 8:20 a.m. Wednesday, the Nebraska State Patrol said in a release.

A state patrol dog detected the odor of a controlled substance coming from the semi-trailer during the traffic stop, the release said. Troopers found 284 pounds of raw marijuana, 2.5 pounds of marijuana wax and 3.6 pounds of marijuana-infused vape tubes during a search.

The State Patrol estimated the marijuana's street value to be over $1 million.

Photos posted on social media by the State Patrol show one of the bags of marijuana labeled "cookie."

Luis Lopez, 48, of Bakersfield, Calif., and Kenneth Keepes, 48, or Culver, Ore., were arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana-more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver and no Drug Tax stamp, the release said. They were booked into the Buffalo County Jail.

Troopers have seized more than 5,000 pounds of marijuana off Nebraska roads so far this year, the State Patrol said.

In April, one Nebraska trooper tweeted, "Someone's 420 is gunna be ruined" after a $1 million marijuana bust. Then two days before 4/20, troopers seized $5 million worth of marijuana.

And in January, troopers pulled over a pickup after bags of marijuana were falling off a flatbed trailer and onto the interstate.

Nebraska state troopers find 122 pounds of marijuana after a package filled with it was reported on the side of Interstate 80.

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