- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Two Illinois men have been convicted in Nebraska of possessing 128 pounds of marijuana for sale.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports (https://bit.ly/2enwAez ) that 31-year-old Ali Khalil, of Oak Lawn, Illinois, and 30-year-old Issa Abu-Serieh, of Burbank, Illinois, were found guilty after a nonjury trial. They’re scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 23.

Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies say they stopped cars being driven too closely by the two on Jan. 25, 2015, near Lincoln on Interstate 80. The sheriff’s office says the two seemed to be traveling together. A police dog taken to the scene alerted officers to the odor of drugs.

Attorneys for the two later argued the evidence should be suppressed because the traffic stop was merely a pretext to search the vehicles.


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

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