A Douglas County sheriff’s deputy found eight trash bags containing slightly more than 200 pounds of marijuana Friday during a traffic stop on Interstate 80, officials said.
The deputy pulled over a Chrysler Pacifica minivan near I-80 and 16th Street for a partially obstructed license plate.
During the stop, the deputy noticed a large amount of cargo in the rear of the van, partially covered with blankets. The driver and passenger made conflicting statements, sparking his suspicion.
The deputy’s K-9 dog walked around the back of the van, and the dog indicated that an odor was coming from the rear of the vehicle. A search revealed the trash bags, which contained 186 vacuum-sealed bundles of suspected marijuana.
The 45-year-old driver from Colorado and his 36-year-old passenger from Florida were arrested and booked on possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and failure to affix a tax stamp.