More than 120 pounds of marijuana was discovered after Nebraska State Patrol troopers received reports about the bagged up drugs falling off the back of a trailer hitched to a pick-up truck driving down a highway, local officials said Saturday.
Someone called about seeing pot fall off a Dodge Ram’s trailer at around 3 p.m. Friday, as the vehicle was driving down Interstate 80 near Odessa, Nebraska State Patrol officials said in a news release.
State patrol troopers later seized a total of 122 pounds of “high-grade marijuana” with an estimated street value of $366,000, officials said in a news release.
The driver of the pick-up truck, 48-year-old Charlie Red of Colorado, and the passenger, 29-year-old Damaisy Rodriguez of Florida, were both arrested on charges of possession of more than one pound of marijuana and possession with intent to deliver.
“Today’s hint: if you are carrying over 120 pounds of marijuana, pack it so that it doesn’t fall out while driving down the interstate,” the agency said in a tweet on Saturday.
Photos tweeted by state troopers show what appear to be dozens of plastic bags of marijuana on a metal flatbed trailer, with some of the bags spilled onto the road below.
One Nebraska State Patrol trooper found the vehicle while another trooper found a package, and after inspecting it, determined it was filled with marijuana. The troopers then conducted a search and found a hidden compartment on the undercarriage of the trailer, where they discovered dozens of more packages.
Both men allegedly involved were taken to the Buffalo County Jail.