Jan 24, 2023

Troopers find weapon, meth, 300 LBs of marijuana products in 2 Panhandle incidents

Posted Jan 24, 2023 5:13 PM

By Nebraska State Patrol

SCOTTSBLUFF  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested three people in two incidents in Kimball County, including the discovery of over 300 pounds of suspected marijuana.

Sunday, at approximately 11:40 a.m. MT, troopers observed a Toyota van parked on the shoulder of Interstate 80 with apparent vehicle trouble near mile marker 8 in Kimball County. The troopers stopped to perform a motorist assist.

During the encounter the troopers discovered that the driver, identified as Micah Cameron, 38, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, was in possession of a firearm. Troopers also learned that Cameron is prohibited from possessing a firearm. While attempting to place Cameron under arrest, Cameron threw a glass object against the ground. Troopers determined that the object was drug paraphernalia which contained suspected methamphetamine. A search of the vehicle revealed a rifle and several firearm components.

Cameron was arrested for possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person, possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony. He was lodged in Kimball County Jail.

Monday, at approximately 3:50 p.m. MT, troopers observed a Ford Transit speeding as it traveled northbound on 53A Spur near Dix. During the traffic stop, a trooper detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed 261.5 pounds of suspected marijuana and 50.5 pounds of suspected THC hash. The total weight of the marijuana products was 312 pounds. Troopers also located a fake driver’s license belonging to the driver.

The driver, Noah Ropon, 19, of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, and passenger, Anthony George, 20, of Beaver, Pennsylvania, were arrested for possession of marijuana – over one pound and possession with intent to deliver. Ropon was also cited for criminal impersonation. Both were lodged in Kimball County Jail.