Jan 10, 2020 3:33 PM

Troopers find 11 LBs of meth in I-80 traffic stop

Posted Jan 10, 2020 3:33 PM

KEARNEY — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested two people from California and seized more than ten pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Kearney.

At approximately 1:05 a.m. Thursday, a trooper observed an eastbound Chevrolet pickup driving on the shoulder near mile marker 279. During the traffic stop, the trooper detected clandestine activity and performed a search of the vehicle.

The search revealed ten packages of methamphetamine hidden behind the driver’s side of the dashboard. The total weight of the methamphetamine was approximately eleven pounds.

The driver, Hector Diaz Perez, 23, of Marina, California, and passenger, Abel Perez Valdivia, 35, of Salinas, California, were arrested for possession of methamphetamine and possession with intent to deliver. Both were lodged in Buffalo County Jail.

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Nebraska jury acquits priest of sexual assault charge

A Valley County jury has found a Roman Catholic priest not guilty of sexually assaulting a woman in his Ord home in 2018.

Television station KSNB reports that the Rev. John Kakkuzhiyil  was acquitted Thursday after his three-day trial concluded Wednesday.

Kakkuzhiyil was arrested early last year following a monthlong investigation by the Nebraska State Patrol after a woman told police he sexually assaulted her in November 2018.

The woman told investigators she blacked out after having several drinks with the priest. Kakkuzhiyil was the parish priest in Ord and Burwell at the time of the accusation.