Crash with deer leads to discovery of 20 pounds of marijuana

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. - Two California men were arrested for possession of marijuana after the car they were driving hit a deer on Interstate 80 in Nebraska.

A 2013 Silver Chevy Impala hit the deer on eastbound I-80 near the Sutherland exit, just before 8:30 p.m., on Saturday.

While investigating the crash, a trooper reported smelling a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. 

The trooper was given consent to search, according to the Nebraska State Patrol. No marijuana was found in the vehicle, but two duffel bags containing 20 pounds of marijuana were located approximately 10 feet away.  The marijuana was contained in 20 individual packages.

The driver of the vehicle, Justin D. Bigon, 33,  and a passenger in the vehicle, James E. Brisco, 32, were both booked in the Lincoln County Jail, each on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. The men are from Santa Rosa, Calif.

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