Nov 25, 2019 6:36 PM

Troopers find 244 LBs of marijuana in traffic stop

Posted Nov 25, 2019 6:36 PM

LINCOLN  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested three people and seized 244 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 in Seward County.

Saturday afternoon, at approximately 5:00 p.m., a trooper observed an eastbound Ford Explorer speeding at mile marker 373 near Goehner. During the traffic stop, the trooper detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

Troopers searched the vehicle and found 244 pounds of marijuana inside the cargo area of the vehicle.

The driver, Peter Sychamp, 52, of Sacramento, California, and passengers Pisa Phanthavong, 57, of Sacramento, and Marich Poomchat, 22, of Thailand, were arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. All three men were lodged in Seward County Jail.

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Ricketts says he’ll try to keep TD Ameritrade jobs in Omaha

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts says he’ll try to persuade Charles Schwab to maintain a presence in Omaha following news that the online brokerage is buying rival TD Ameritrade and moving the combined company’s headquarters to Texas.

Ricketts said Monday that the announcement “creates significant uncertainty” for thousands of Nebraskans who have worked for TD Ameritrade for years.

Ricketts is the son of TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts and a former chief operating officer within the company.

He says he’s anxious to see what the decision means for the people of Nebraska. He says the state can help Schwab succeed with its competitive cost of doing business and its strong workforce.

Losing TD Ameritrade is potentially a major blow for Omaha. Another major employer, Conagra Foods, left the city in 2016.