SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. -- Over the weekend through Monday, Nebraska State Patrol Troopers arrested several people after finding controlled substances and firearms in multiple incidents.
Authorities say that the first incident happened around 12:45 a.m. on Saturday. A trooper says two vehicles parked near the intersection of Highway 2 and Highway 71 in Box Butte County. The trooper then stopped to check on the vehicles as well as offered assistance.
Troopers say that during the encounter, the trooper smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the inside of one of the vehicles. After detecting the odor, troopers performed a search of the car where they found five pounds of methamphetamine, seven ounces of marijuana and a handgun.
All three of the occupants of the vehicle were arrested: 29-year-old Jana Hildebrand of Hot Springs, SD; 19-year-old Taliah Hildebrand of Hot Springs, SD; and 29-year-old Roy Eilliott-Casaus of Denver, CO. They were all arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana - between one ounce and one pound - and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. They were all held in the Box Butte County Jail.
Police say the second incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. Monday. A trooper noticed a speeding Buick Encore on Interest-80 near Lexington and mile marker 238. The trooper conducted a traffic stop, during which, the trooper reportedly saw a marijuana container in plain view.
After spotting the container in plain view, the trooper conducted a search of the vehicle and found six pounds of marijuana in a suitcase along with a handgun concealed behind the driver's seat.
All three of the occupants were arrested: 29-year-old Ronneka Blakemore, 29-year-old Marvin McAtee, and 27-year-old Laronte Ivory all of Louisville, KY. They were arrested for possession of marijuana - more than one pound -, possession with intent to deliver, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. All were held in the Dawson County Jail.