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26 pounds of meth seized Monday on I-80 at Overton

26 pounds of meth seized Monday on I-80 at Overton

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26 pounds of meth

In the trunk the trooper allegedly found a black duffle bag containing 25 packages containing a white substance. The contents, which field tested positive for meth, were seized and weighed 26.2 pounds.

LEXINGTON — The Nebraska State Patrol has seized 26 pounds of suspected methamphetamine after a traffic stop Monday near the Overton interchange.

Octavio Padilla Garcia, 35, of Los Angeles is charged in Dawson County Court with felony possession of methamphetamine 140 or more grams. He is being held at the Dawson County Jail on a $1 million bond.

Octavio Padilla Garcia

Octavio Padilla Garcia

At 5:57 p.m. Monday a NSP trooper observed a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign at the Overton I-80 interchange, court records indicate.

The trooper stopped the vehicle and the driver, Garcia allegedly provided the name Octavio Padilla, and said he was traveling to Omaha to visit his wife and son. Garcia said he was visiting for a few days and would then go back to Los Angeles with his family, records indicate.

The vehicle was not registered, and Garcia allegedly said it belonged to a family member. Several seconds later records indicate Garcia told the trooper the vehicle it belonged to his cousin.

Garcia declined having illegal drugs, and gave the trooper permission to search the vehicle.

In the trunk the trooper allegedly found a black duffle bag containing 25 packages containing a white substance. The contents, which field tested positive for meth, were seized and weighed 26.2 pounds.

One package of blue pills, weighing .3 pounds, was also confiscated. The drugs will be sent to the NSP crime lab for positive identification.

Garcia was then arrested.

A preliminary hearing was set for March 4. 

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