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123 pounds of marijuana seized

Christine Ina Casillas

A 26-year-old Nebraska man was arrested Wednesday on charges of possession of more than 100 pounds of marijuana.

Pascual Ramirez-Rivera, of Omaha, Neb., was pulled over around 10:55 a.m. for weaving in and out of lanes on Interstate 70 through Dowd Canyon, said Sgt. George Dingfelder with the Colorado State Patrol.

State Patrol trooper Dave Rollins soon became suspicious of Ramirez-Rivera’s story and actions, Dingfelder said.

Rollins asked for and received permission to search the 1992 Toyota minivan, he said.

“(Rollins) found a false compartment in the back of the minivan, and inside the bed there was packages of marijuana up to 123 pounds,” he said. “We know the marijuana was headed for Omaha, but we don’t know where it came from.”

Ramirez-Rivera was booked into the Eagle County Detention Center on a $15,800 bond. He was charged with possession of more than 8 ounces of marijuana, marijuana with intent to distribute, a special-offender charge of more than 100 pounds of marijuana, weaving in traffic and failure to provide proof of insurance.

“We go through times where we pick up more often people with these kinds of charges than other times,” Dingfelder said. “Then, at other times, we don’t see it at all. State Patrol gets quite of bit of this statewide, but it’s a hit and miss thing.”

Christine Ina Casillas can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 607 or at ccasillas@vaildaily.com.

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