Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested two men and seized more than 240 pounds of marijuana, methamphetamine, and other drugs following two traffic stops on Interstate 80 Thursday.
The first stop occurred at approximately 12:30 p.m. when a trooper observed an eastbound Ford Fusion following too closely on I-80 near Grand Island. During the traffic stop, a patrol K9 detected the odor of a controlled substance coming from the trunk of the vehicle.
Troopers performed a search of the vehicle and found 75 pounds of marijuana and 2.5 grams of methamphetamine. The driver, 38 year old Ismael Murillo of California, was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of methamphetamine and no drug tax stamp.
The second stop occurred around 2:15 p.m. when another trooper observed an eastbound Toyota Camry following too closely near Lincoln. During that traffic stop, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office K9 detected the presence of drugs inside the vehicle.
A search revealed 168 pounds of marijuana and an unprescribed bottle of Ritalin. The driver, 19 year old Eaid Gheith of Justice, Illinois, was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled pharmaceutical and no drug tax stamp.