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State patrol on pace for record-breaking year in pot busts

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The Nebraska State Patrol said they've averaged around 2,500 pounds of marijuana in busts over the past 3 years.

This year, they've already surpassed that and they're looking to break the record.

Sgt. Lee Jacobsen said NSP may double or even triple the amount of marijuana they've seized in past years.

"Last year, total we were probably about 2,700," Jacobsen said.  "Year before that, probably about 2,600 and year before that probably 2,100.  So we are only in month four or five, so we're looking at over 4,000 and coming up on 5,000."

NSP said since 2014, they've seen an increase in store–bought items from Colorado and dispensaries in other states.

Jacobsen said more than 90 percent of the time, the seizures come from the average traffic stop or other law violation.

"We want to go out there and make sure that those people that are traveling through don't come through our state," he said.  "They can travel by other means if they feel like that.  But with that being said, it's still illegal to travel across border with those drugs."

Jacobsen said they're always working towards making a dent in what is out there.

"What we don't want is people traveling through either under the influence of it or even bringing it into the state."

He said other common drugs they catch coming through are meth, cocaine, fentanyl and THC products like edibles.

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