Sep 09, 2019 11:24 PM

Troopers find 155 LBs of marijuana, THC vape cartridges in I-80 stop

Posted Sep 09, 2019 11:24 PM

NORTH PLATTE  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested a California man and seized 155 pounds of marijuana and hundreds of THC vape cartridges during a traffic stop near Lexington.


At approximately 5:10 p.m. Friday, September 6, a trooper observed an Infinity QX60 traveling eastbound at 98 miles per hour on Interstate 80 near Lexington at mile marker 237. The trooper performed a traffic stop and became suspicious of criminal activity.


A search of the vehicle revealed 155 pounds of marijuana and 439 THC vape cartridges. The combination carries an estimated street value of more than $500,000.


The driver, Michael Banks, 27, of San Bernardino, California, was arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, and no drug tax stamp.

Banks was lodged in Dawson County Jail.

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Counterfeit money found in Chadron

A local Chadron business discovered counterfeit money over the weekend.


According to the Chadron Chamber of Commerce:


Over the weekend, a Native American female and male purchased several items at the local Bomgaars store. Among the cash was a suspicious $10 bill. When the cashier marked the $10 bill it turned black, which should not happen to a legitimate bill. The mark should have stayed highlighted yellow. The ten dollars is suspected to be fake and has been confiscated and submitted into evidence by the Chadron Police Department.


The female was described as being 5'1", heavy set with long black hair, wearing a black tank top. The male was 5'3" to 5'5" tall with some scruffy facial hair wearing a black flat bill hat with a red "76" on it. The vehicle is unknown at this time.


The local law enforcement encourages small business owners to be vigilant in protecting themselves from counterfeit by marking suspicious bills with an anti-counterfeit marker.


If you have information regarding the matter contact the local police department by dialing 308-432-0510.