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The Nebraska State Patrol seized 730 pounds of high-grade marijuana Monday with an estimated street value of $2.5 million, thanks to a Lincoln County warrant.

Just before noon on Nov. 4, troopers at the eastbound Waverly truck scales on I-80 conducted a routine inspection of a J & J Transport semi-trailer truck from San Bernardino, Calif., NSP spokeswoman Deb Collins.

During the inspection, it was discovered the co-driver was wanted on an active warrant for failure to appear out of Lincoln County. Marcel Bud, 40, Taylor, Mich., was stopped in July near North Platte for failure to stop and weigh his truck at the scales. He was also cited for an out-of-date logbook and driving on a suspended license from Michigan. He paid 10% of a $5,000 bond but failed to return.

On Monday, he was detained on the warrant. This time he lodged with the Lancaster County Corrections, Collins said.

Semi-driver Julio Pena Sanchez, 48, La Palma, Calif. was allowed to continue.

After more investigation, troopers re-contacted the semi around 9 p.m. at a truck stop just off the Northwest 48th Street exit in Lincoln.

A probable cause search was conducted, leading to the seizure of 730 pounds of marijuana in bundles concealed in boxes of produce in the trailer.

The marijuana has an estimated street value of $2.5 million, Collins said.

Sanchez, the driver of the semi, was taken into custody and lodged in Lancaster County Corrections on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. Bud, the co-driver who was already incarcerated, was also charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 11/5/2013
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