(Brennan Linsley, Associated Press file)

Officials: Colorado man stopped in Nebraska had 37 pounds of marijuana

An Eastern Plains man was arrested in Nebraska on Wednesday night after authorities say they found 37 pounds of marijuana concealed in an air compressor of a minivan he was driving.

Raymond A. Perez, 55, of Log Lane Village in Morgan County, is suspected of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, the Nebraska State Patrol said in a news release Friday.

The patrol says Perez was stopped by a trooper on Interstate 80 in Minden, Neb. just before 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Perez was stopped as he headed eastbound in a 2005 Chevrolet minivan for following another vehicle too close, according to the release.

Nebraska and Oklahoma have sued Colorado in the U.S. Supreme Court, asking justices to remove portions of Colorado’s law legalizing marijuana. The lawsuit says Colorado’s legal pot is, among other complaints, straining their criminal justice systems.

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