Two people are being held on $1 Million bond each, in the Dawson County Jail, in connection with drug arrests last week in Dawson County. On Thursday, August 18th, Nebraska State Patrol troopers were monitoring traffic at the Darr interchange or mile marker 231 on Interstate 80. A trooper followed a California-plated vehicle to the westbound Cozad Rest Area. A police service dog was deployed around the vehicle for a “free-air sniff” while the occupants went to the restroom area. The service dog indicated the odor of an illegal substance.
A probable cause search of the vehicle led to the discovery of two decorative statues that were deemed suspicious. An x-ray unit from the trooper’s patrol car showed there were multiple concealed packages inside the statues. A trooper cut a small hole in the bottom of one of the statues at which time he could see a package containing Methamphetamine. The two occupants, 31-year-old Adriana Gonzalez, who was driving the vehicle and 51-year-old passenger Ildefonso Rivera-Leon, were then placed under arrest.
A further search of the vehicle at the State Patrol’s Lexington office revealed Methamphetamine and four bricks of Fentanyl in the two statues. The combined weight was 59.7 pounds of Methamphetamine and 9.3pounds of Fentanyl. Also seized was $2,900 in currency.
Both were arraigned in Dawson County Court on charges of Possession of 140 grams or more of Methamphetamine With Intent to Distribute and Possession of Fentanyl with Intent to Distribute. Rivera-Leon was additionally charged with Possession of Drug Money. Preliminary hearings for the pair were set for September 1, 2022 at 11:00am in the Dawson County Courtroom.
Source: Nebraska Regional News