A 40-year-old Arvada, Colorado, man has pleaded guilty in federal court in Colorado in connection to 1,800 pounds of marijuana that Nebraska State Patrol troopers caught him trafficking through the state last year.
Michael Cardis agreed to transfer his Nebraska indictment for conspiracy to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana to U.S. District Court in Denver, where he entered the plea Monday.
Cardis faces between five years and 40 years in federal prison.
In court records, prosecutors say troopers in Fillmore County on April 18, 2018, stopped him after he exited I-80 immediately after passing a ruse sign about a checkpoint ahead.
A search of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van turned up the marijuana, as well as 8,779 doses of hash oil vape pens and 46 pounds of hash wax.
Cardis was arrested, taken to jail and later indicted.
An assistant U.S. Attorney in Colorado said Cardi's wife brought $100,000 to Nebraska to post his bond.
A drug dog indicated the smell of drugs on the money, according to court records.
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Pair accused of hauling 645 pounds of pot on I-80 through Lincoln area
Two men remained at the Lancaster County jail Thursday, a day after prosecutors charged them in connection with 645 pounds of marijuana found in their rental truck.
Brandon Arrington, 30, of McDonough, Georgia, and Edward Babb of Houston both are facing four felonies: two counts of possession with intent to deliver and two counts of no drug tax stamp.
In an affidavit for their arrests, a Lancaster County Sheriff's deputy said he stopped a GMC Penske rental truck with Virginia plates Tuesday after seeing its passenger side tires cross onto the shoulder of Interstate 80 near the Lincoln Airport exit.
During the traffic stop, the deputy became suspicious the men were involved in criminal activity.
They both denied a request to search the truck, but the deputy deployed his police dog around it after seeing what he believed to be marijuana residue on the floorboard.
The search turned up 645 pounds of marijuana and 4.74 pounds of THC vapor pens in the truck's cargo area inside cardboard boxes wrapped in plastic wrap, according to court records.
On Wednesday, at their first court appearances on the charges, Lancaster County Judge Matt Acton set their bonds at $250,000.
Lancaster County deputies find 109 lbs of pot in I-80 traffic stop
A California woman was arrested Friday morning after Lancaster County sheriff's deputies found more 100 pounds of marijuana in her vehicle during a traffic stop.
At about 9:30 a.m., Pakou J. Yang, 37, of Oroville, was pulled over on Interstate 80 about three miles east of the Pleasant Dale interchange for following another vehicle too closely.
During the stop, a deputy determined the 2018 Nissan that Yang was driving was a one-way rental, which the deputy described in court records as a common sign of drug trafficking. She also became "extremely nervous" while being questioned by the deputy.
Deputies searched the vehicle after a drug-sniffing dog indicated the presence of drugs. They found 109.5 pounds of vacuum-sealed marijuana in the trunk, according to court records.
Yang was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp. She remained in jail Friday on $50,000 bail.