State Troopers Arrest Four in Huge Drug Bust on Interstate 80
A traffic stop for a license plate violation ended up being a gigantic drug bust for state troopers earlier this week.
It all happened at around 1:10 p.m. Tuesday afternoon when a traffic stop involving a Nissan Rouge was executed about 40 miles west of Lincoln, Nebraska. During the stop, a K9 with the Nebraska State Patrol picked up on the odor of drugs inside the vehicle.
Nebraska State Patrol troopers then searched the vehicle and found what is believed to be 101 pounds of methamphetamine and 9 pounds of a substance that troopers believe is fentanyl. All the suspected substances were inside bags in the back of the vehicle.
Based on estimated street values of a $1.6 million drug bust in Nebraska in July, the street value of the 120 combined pounds of methamphetamine and fentanyl is more than $3.3 million. In the July incident, 60 pounds of methamphetamine, over 2 pounds of heroin, and more than half-pound of fentanyl were seized.
Following Tuesday's traffic stop, 38-year-olf Jhonny Murillo Martinez of Hyattsville, Maryland, 24-year-old Tonny Guevara Chacon of Lorton, Virginia, 27-year-old Rene Rodriguez Morales of Falls Church, Virginia, and 38-year-old Marta Rodriguez of Falls Church, Virginia were all charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance. They also face charges for possession with intent to deliver, and no drug tax stamp.
On May 23 of this year, 16 pounds of crystal methamphetamine was recovered during a traffic stop in Bettendorf, Iowa. Police calculate that amounts to 72,575 doses of the drug. 48-year-old Michael S. Russell of Buffalo, Iowa was driving a Hyundai Sante Fe SUV with a temporary Arizona tag when he was stopped by law enforcement.