Two sentenced to prison for incident where packages of marijuana spilled across I-80

Two sentenced to prison for incident where packages of marijuana spilled across I-80
After a motorist reported seeing things falling out of a trailer on Interstate 80 in January, a state trooper looked under the trailer and found a false compartment, which had broken open. (NEBRASKA STATE PATROL)

KEARNEY, Neb. — After their packages of marijuana spilled across Interstate 80, two people are serving prison sentences for felony distribution of the drug.

Charlie Red, 49, of Sedalia, Colorado, was sentenced earlier this month in Buffalo County District Court to five to 10 years in prison for felony distribution of marijuana and acts declared unlawful, a misdemeanor.

Red’s co-defendant, Caridad Rodriguez, 30, of Miami, was sentenced to one to three years in prison for the same charges.

Judge John Marsh gave Red 167 days’ credit for time already served in jail.

Rodriguez received 57 days’ credit for time served.

On Jan. 19, Red was driving a pickup pulling a flatbed trailer on I-80 when a motorist reported seeing packages fall out from under the trailer.

The pickup stopped on I-80, and Red and Rodriguez eventually were met by a Nebraska State Patrol trooper, who discovered a false compartment that had broke open under the trailer.

A total of 122 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated street value of $366,000, was found.

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