Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested three people in two incidents in Kimball County, including the discovery of over 300 pounds of suspected marijuana.
On Sunday at approximately 11:40 a.m. troopers observed a Toyota van parked on the shoulder of Interstate 80 with apparent vehicle trouble near mile marker 8 in Kimball County. The troopers stopped to perform a motorist assist.
During the encounter the troopers discovered that the driver, identified as Micah Cameron, 38, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, was in possession of a firearm. Troopers also learned that Cameron is prohibited from possessing a firearm. While attempting to place Cameron under arrest, Cameron threw a glass object against the ground. Troopers determined that the object was drug paraphernalia which contained suspected methamphetamine. A search of the vehicle revealed a rifle and several firearm components.
Cameron was arrested for possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person, possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony. He was lodged in Kimball County Jail.
On Monday at approximately 3:50 p.m., troopers observed a Ford Transit speeding as it traveled northbound on 53A Spur near Dix. During the traffic stop, a trooper detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed 261.5 pounds of suspected marijuana and 50.5 pounds of suspected THC hash. The total weight of the marijuana products was 312 pounds. Troopers also located a fake driver’s license belonging to the driver.
The driver, Noah Ropon, 19, of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, and passenger, Anthony George, 20, of Beaver, Pennsylvania, were arrested for possession of marijuana – over one pound and possession with intent to deliver. Ropon was also cited for criminal impersonation. Both were lodged in Kimball County Jail.