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Days before 4/20, Nebraska troopers seize $5 million worth of marijuana

Nebraska state troopers seized more than 1,800 pounds of marijuana worth over $5 million after a Wednesday traffic stop.
Nebraska state troopers seized more than 1,800 pounds of marijuana worth over $5 million after a Wednesday traffic stop. Courtesy Photo

Just two days before stoner holiday 4/20, state troopers in Nebraska gave some smokers 5 million reasons to be upset.

Over 1,800 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of more than $5 million were seized by state troopers near Geneva on Wednesday, the Nebraska State Patrol said in a tweet. In another, the troopers gave a tip of the hat to the dog division's sniffing ability.

The drug bust came two days before 4/20 on Friday, a day when people tend to smoke more than usual. Two weeks ago, one trooper tweeted "Someone's 420 is gunna be ruined" after a $1 million marijuana bust.

After Wednesday's bust, a Nebraska State Patrol Facebook post said, "What weighs 1,800 pounds and isn't going to make it to #420?"

Before the bust, a trooper pulled over a 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter driving on the shoulder near Geneva at around 5:50 p.m., a release said. A police dog detected drugs inside the van during the traffic stop.

A search of the van found 1,853 pounds of marijuana, 8,779 doses of hash oil vape pens and 46 pounds of loose hash wax, the release said.

The release said the driver, Michael Cardis, 39, of Arvada, Colorado, was arrested on suspicion of possession of more than 1 pound of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver, no drug tax stamp and other charges.

Law enforcement agencies in Kansas, Nebraska and four other states will patrol for impaired drivers in special enforcements over the weekend. Colorado is not on the list.

NIDA's Dr. Marilyn Huestis discusses new research, which used the most sophisticated driving simulator of its kind to mirror real-life situations. Results showed that marijuana use impairs one measure of driving performance.



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