Ashland resident jailed in Nebraska on drug charge

An Ashland man is behind bars in Nebraska after state troopers there reportedly found 103 pounds of marijuana in his sports utility vehicle on Friday.

A Nebraska State Patrol trooper stopped a 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor for speeding on Interstate 80 in Seward County, just outside Lincoln.

The trooper called in a drug-detection dog, which indicated the odor of drugs coming from the rear of the SUV.

A search of the area turned up 103 pounds of marijuana. The marijuana was hidden in four large suitcases in the SUV cargo area, Nebraska State Patrol said in a news release.

The driver Raul Verdugo Jr., 43, of Ashland, was lodged in the Seward County Jail on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

This was not the first time marijuana linked to Southern Oregon has turned up in large amounts on highways throughout the country.

Last year 75 pounds of marijuana grown in Jackson County was seized on its way to Florida. In addition, 120 pounds of local marijuana was intercepted in Arkansas in 2011, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

In another instance last year, 51-year-old Geoffrey Allen Woods of Rogue River was arrested outside Oklahoma City with 70 pounds of marijuana in his car.

Southern Oregon marijuana is known for its high potency and retails for large prices in the eastern United States.

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