- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

AURORA, Neb. (AP) - A Hamilton County judge has dismissed drug charges against a St. Louis man arrested with 100 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports (https://bit.ly/1rmQLIL ) District Judge Rachel Daugherty ruled the state trooper didn’t have the right to search 30-year-old Jean-Patrick Ounanian’s Chevrolet Suburban. The case was dropped last month.

Ounanian was pulled over in February along Interstate 80. The trooper found the marijuana concealed in seven duffel bags in the SUV’s cargo area. He had been charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and for not having a drug tax stamp.

Daugherty says state prosecutors didn’t prove that Ounanian voluntarily consented to a search.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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