Auburn man arrested in Nebraska I-80 stop with 40 pounds of pot, handgun

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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An Auburn man has been arrested on charges of possession of 41 pounds of marijuana with intent to deliver after a search of a U-Haul cargo area on Interstate 80 in Lancaster County, Neb. Robert L. Shipley, 57, was lodged in the Lancaster County Correction Facility on drug and weapons charges after his arrest by Lincoln-area Nebraska State Patrol troopers Nov. 18, spokeswoman Deb Collins said. Shipley’s eastbound U-Haul truck was stopped for speeding on the freeway and a State Patrol search dog sniffed what appeared to be drugs in the vehicle, Collins said. A search of the cab area of the U-Haul led to the seizure of personal-use marijuana and a .25 caliber handgun, which was lying in a small bag next to the driver’s seat, the State Patrol reported. A search of the cargo area of the U-Haul led to the seizure of the 41 pounds of marijuana. The marijuana was located in two large speakers and a duffel bag. Shipley, the lone occupant of the vehicle, was jailed on the marijuana intent-to-deliver charge and a second count of possession of a firearm during a drug violation. Shipley remained in jail Friday, with bail set at $50,000. – Gus Thomson