Nov 30, 2019 4:16 PM

Troopers seize marijuana, handgun in traffic stops

Posted Nov 30, 2019 4:16 PM

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(GRAND ISLAND, NEB.) — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested two people and seized nearly 190 pounds of marijuana during traffic stops on Wednesday and Thursday on Interstate 80 and Interstate 76.


Wednesday evening at approximately 8:30 p.m. CT, a trooper observed an eastbound Chevrolet Tahoe following another vehicle too closely on Interstate 80 at mile marker 297 near Wood River. During the traffic stop, an NSP K9 detected the presence of a controlled substance in the vehicle.


Troopers searched the vehicle and discovered 169 pounds of marijuana. The driver, Khamla Bongxay, 31, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and no drug tax stamp. He was lodged in Hall County Jail.


Thursday morning at approximately 10:45 a.m.MT, a trooper observed an eastbound Infinity Q50 speeding at mile marker 2 on Interstate 76. During the traffic stop, the trooper detected criminal activity and performed a search of the vehicle.


During the search, troopers found 20 pounds of marijuana, THC edibles, and a handgun. The driver, Jimmy Fabian, 26, of Madison, Wisconsin, was arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, possession of a firearm during a felony drug offense, and no drug tax stamp. He was lodged in Cheyenne County Jail.

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Man sentenced to prison for taking $231K from older rancher

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming court officials have sentenced a man four to eight years in prison after he spent more than $230,000 belonging to a rancher he considered family.


The Gillette News Record reported Wednesday that 52-year-old Harvey Bethea pleaded guilty in August to exploitation of a vulnerable adult.


Officials say Bethea was also sentenced Tuesday to 10 years of probation, fined more than $3,000 and required to pay back the money.


Authorities say Bethea spent $231,255 belonging to Donny York, who is in his 80s.


Authorities say Bethea was accused of using the money to pay for livestock never purchased, a laptop, medical bills and a fur coat between April 2016 and April 2017.


His attorney Nick Carter asked for probation saying Bethea has health issues and no criminal record.