Marijuana profiling in Nebraska leads to two-hour search of Colorado dad, kids
We've been hearing more about marijuana profiling -- law enforcers in other states targeting cars with Colorado license plates due to the pot laws here. One of our writers was stopped and searched twice in one trip.
Anecdotal evidence (including a report about a so-called Colorado drug pipeline) suggests that such activities are taking place in Nebraska. And now, a local man reveals that he and his three kids were detained for nearly two hours in what struck him as an example of profiling.
The November passage of Amendment 64, which allows Colorado adults 21 and over to use and possess small amounts of marijuana, appears to have inspired an escalation of profiling. But readers have shared similar stories with us that predate the election. Indeed, the medical marijuana industry boom that took place here in 2009-2010 appears to be the genesis of the tactic.
As evidence, consider that the experiences of the Colorado father who contacted us after the publication of recent marijuana profiling reports took place in April of last year.
According to the dad, corresponding via e-mail, he was visiting relatives in the Cornhusker state for Easter, his vehicle piled with suitcases and Easter baskets, when "I was pulled over, with my three children in Douglas County, Nebraska, by K9 units." At the time, his kids were two, twelve and fourteen years of age.
What had he been doing wrong? "My 'offense' was driving 67 in a 65 [zone], two miles per hour over the limit," he writes.
This pretext recalls ones used as an excuse to stop a truck driven by Westword contributor Britt Chester. In Kansas, he was nabbed for driving in the left-hand lane when not passing another vehicle. In Tennessee, his offense was traveling at 75 miles per hour in a seventy zone.
Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner is worried about Colorado pot.
At first, the dad wasn't panicked. "It seemed like it would be just a normal 'slow-down' type of traffic stop," he assumed. But instead, "I was detained with my children on the side of I-80 for nearly two hours while my vehicle was searched."
The troopers' effort wasn't a superficial one. "Not only did they pull every single thing out of the car, they went through my children's suitcases, mine, etc."
Continue for more about alleged marijuana profiling in Nebraska, including a video.