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Trooper found nearly 70 pounds of marijuana inside gift-wrapped boxes

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WOOD RIVER, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska State Patrol says a trooper found nearly 70 pounds of marijuana inside gift-wrapped boxes in a vehicle.

The discovery happened Thursday afternoon on Interstate 80 in south-central Nebraska. The trooper had pulled over a sport utility vehicle on suspicion of following another vehicle too closely. A search of the SUV turned up 68 pounds of marijuana in large gift-wrapped boxes. The trooper says the driver told him the packages were gifts for a new baby.

The 56-year-old California man was arrested on several drug-related charges.

The incident was reminiscent of a 2017 incident in which an elderly California couple were found with 60 pounds of marijuana in gift-wrapped packages in their car on I-80. The couple, ages 80 and 71, told troopers the packages were Christmas gifts for family in Vermont.

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