Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol arrested two people and seized more than 100 pounds of marijuana in two traffic stops in western Nebraska on Friday.
At approximately 1:30 p.m. a trooper noticed an eastbound 2018 Mercedes coupe speeding near Kimball at mile marker 18. During the traffic stop, the trooper performed a search of the vehicle and discovered 35 pounds of marijuana in the trunk.
The driver, 24-year-old Kiara Mendez of Beulaville, North Carolina, was arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and no drug tax stamp. Mendez was lodged in Kimball County Jail.
Another seizure occurred at approximately 9:00 p.m., when a trooper stopped an eastbound 2019 Ford station wagon for failure to stay in its lane on I-80 near Sutherland at mile marker 158. During the traffic stop, and NSP K9 detected the presence of a controlled substance in the vehicle.
A search revealed approximately 80 pounds of marijuana inside the vehicle. The driver, 61-year-old Stephen Demilta of Port Orange, Florida, was arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and no drug tax stamp. Demilta was lodged in Lincoln County Jail.