(Wong Mei Teng)

Seized in Nebraska: 11 pounds of pot, gift-wrapped for Christmas

Nebraska authorities find 34 heat-sealed packages of cannabis inside two boxes wrapped as Christmas gifts

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska authorities say they seized more than 11 pounds of gift-wrapped marijuana from the trunk of a car in Lincoln.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies arrested 27-year-old Garrett Scott Brasel of Cambria, Ill., on Wednesday. (The Journal Star’s story starts: “Somebody won’t be getting their Christmas presents this year.”) Brasel had been sitting in the Honda outside a convenience store just off of Interstate 80.

Authorities say Brasel gave them permission to search the car after they received a tip during another traffic stop a few minutes earlier.

Deputies say they tore open two gift-wrapped boxes and found 34 heat-sealed packages of marijuana.

Brasel was jailed on suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance. Online court records did not list an attorney for Brasel.