530 pounds of marijuana seized in I-80 traffic stop

530 pounds of marijuana seized in I-80 traffic stop

SHELTON, Neb. –  More than 500 pounds of marijuana was seized and a Florida man was arrested following a traffic stop Monday on Interstate 80 near Shelton, according to a news release from the Nebraska State Patrol.

According to the Hastings Tribune the stop occurred at about 12:30 p.m. when a trooper observed an eastbound blue Freightliner with a refrigerated trailer driving on the shoulder near Shelton, at mile marker 290.

A search of the vehicle revealed 18 boxes inside the refrigerated trailer. The boxes contained several hundred heat-sealed bags of marijuana, weighing a total of 530 pounds. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $1.6 million.

The driver, Vladimir Javier, 51, of Homestead, Florida, was arrested for possession of marijuana — more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and no Drug Tax stamp.

He was lodged in Buffalo County Jail in Kearney.