Santiago Adame-Melchor and Anahit Conejo-Galicoa: Nebraska Cops Find 99 Pounds of Pot
Over the past several years, we've told you about alleged marijuana profiling -- drivers of cars with Colorado plates being pulled over by troopers in other states for what are often extremely minor infractions as an excuse to search for cannabis.
Santiago Adame-Melchor in a photo from his Facebook page. More images below.
A lot of these stops come to nothing -- but every once in a while, cops hit the jackpot, as it were. Take this week's arrest of Aurora's Santiago Adame-Melchor and Anahit Conejo-Galicoa, who were allegedly caught with 99-plus pounds of weed.
Adame-Melchor's Facebook page features plenty of self-portraits, including this one....
...and this one....
...not to mention several marijuana-centric images. Examples of the latter include this pic....
Adame-Melchor's luck seems to have run out after he and Conejo-Galicoa crossed the border into Nebraska, where, as we've noted, many law enforcement agencies appear to have made Colorado pot a priority. Indeed, some authorities have even suggested asking Colorado to pay extra for marijuana enforcement due to the volume of weed coming from the state.
What did Adame-Melchor do to attract the attention of the Nebraska State Patrol while traveling east on Interstate 80 in Seward County, not far from Lincoln? He was reportedly pulled over for "following too close." That's not quite as teensy an offense as failing to signal for five seconds before changing lanes, a favorite rationale in Idaho, but in the ballpark.
A Nebraska highway checkpoint.
When troopers asked if they could search Adame-Melchor's 2005 Hyundai, he is said to have consented -- and before long, they found a suitcase containing 99.6 pounds of ganja. The pair were subsequently booked into Seward County jail on suspicion of marijuana possession with intent to deliver.
Will this big score inspire more stops of Colorado cars? We can't say for certain, but we do offer this piece of advice: Don't follow too close when you're traveling through Nebraska.
Here are booking photos of Adame-Melchor and Conejo-Galicoa as seen in Fox31 coverage.
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