Omaha drug charges lawyer Daniel Stockmann has been unusually busy. While some of this is because he has earned a reputation for being one of the best attorneys around, the recent activities of the Nebraska State Patrol has a little something to do with it as well. In fact, the NSP was just honored by Governor Pete Ricketts for the huge number of marijuana busts they’ve made so far this year, and the department shows no signs of slowing.
The State Confiscates About 2,500 Pounds of Marijuana Each Year
The Nebraska State Patrol has confiscated roughly 2,500 pounds of marijuana each year over the past three years. “Last year, total we were probably about 2,700,” says Sgt. Lee Jacobsen of the NSP. “Year before that, probably about 2,600 and year before that probably 2,100,” he adds. Law enforcement has specifically been targeting people on I-80, hoping to catch people as they enter the state. Jacobsen says the vast majority of these busts come from “routine” traffic stops. While the legality and methodology of their zealous traffic stops has been called into question repeatedly, the numbers speak for themselves. NSP is catching people and has gained national attention for the results.
NSP Already has 4,500 Pounds of Marijuana This Year
Governor Pete Ricketts held a special conference to recognize the NSP’s efforts, primarily because a couple of big busts in April resulted in some $25 million worth of marijuana being confiscated. “These two drug busts demonstrate the teamwork and skill of our troopers who constantly work to keep Nebraska safe,” Ricketts said. A single bust in Fillmore County resulted in the confiscation of 1,853 pounds alone, bringing the total seized to 4,300 pounds—all before the midpoint of the year was reached. They’ve also collected more than 90 pounds of methamphetamine so far, setting yet another record.
Law Enforcement Hopes to Double or Triple the Record
Even though lawmakers and enforcement agencies are applauding their success, Jacobson says they’re not satisfied yet, and that they hope to bring in double or triple their previous records. He also notes that much of the stock is actually store-bought products coming in from states like Colorado in which marijuana is legal.
“Those stops are similar to stops we would make for drunk driving or even speeding,” he says. “We want to make sure those people coming through don’t come through our state. They can travel by other means if they feel like that. With that being said it’s still illegal to travel across border with those drugs.”
Speak with an Experienced Omaha Drug Charges Lawyer
With NSP and other local law enforcement agencies enlivened by their recent “wins,” stops will no doubt be at an all-time high as well. Those who travel on the interstates, especially I-80, are likely to be pulled over for “routine” violations, then nailed if officers can justify a probable cause search and drugs are found. Your best defense—don’t come through Nebraska with weed. However, if you or a loved one is targeted and arrested, get the help of an experienced drug charges lawyer. Daniel Stockmann has helped countless people successfully fight their charges and move on with their lives. To arrange your free consultation with him, call (844) 906-0641.