Troopers locate 262 lbs. of marijuana in Dawson County

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- Over 260 lbs. of marijuana were seized during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 in Dawson County.

A trooper made a stop at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday. The trooper said the eastbound Ford Transit Van was driving on the shoulder of I-80 near Lexington at mile marker 238.

During the traffic stop, the State Patrol says, an NSP K9 unit detected the odor of a controlled substance coming from inside the vehicle.

Troopers then searched the vehicle and located 262 lbs. of marijuana contained in large boxes in the cargo area of the van. The driver, 24-year-old David Hernandez of California, was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp. He was lodged in the Dawson County Jail.