Statistics recently published by the Nebraska State Patrol indicate that number of marijuana related arrests increased from 957 during the first half of 2014 to 1,243 for the same period, 2015. This represents a 30% increase year-over-year.
What’s going on here?
One trend seems to be a noticeable change in enforcement philosophy. While continuing to focus on drugs traveling east through Nebraska, law enforcement also appear to be increasing their attention on the money traveling back west. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Homeland Security are presumably getting involved in these “money” cases in order to follow the chain to the source, which often turns out to be operations in California, Colorado, Oregon, etc.
It is important to distinguish that these grow operations may be acting legally in their home state, but may be culpable for illegal activity when their products are shipped out of state. For example, a California resident holding a medical marijuana card may grow up to 30 plants. Three people together could legally grow 90 plants, which can yield hundreds of pounds of marijuana. So far, no laws have been broken. However, legal violations occur once those marijuana plants (or resulting products) are transported to another state.
Law enforcement has a vested interest in maintaining scrutiny over drugs heading into other states (e.g. the increased drug busts on Nebraska I-80). Hence, it is not uncommon for people to be arrested in possession of marijuana while coming out of “legalized” states and into “non-legal” states.
In additional to drug seizure however, Highway Patrols are also seizing money and property from individuals operations that are (perceived to be) violating the law. Officers are commonly looking for large quantities of money that can be traced back to West Coast operations.
If you are facing drug related charges that include search and seizure of personal property, it is important for you to know your rights.
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