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Issa Abu-Serieh, 30, of Burbank and Ali Khalil, 31, of Oak Lawn, will learn their sentence Jan. 23 after a Nebraska judge issued a guilty verdict following a bench trial.
The men were arrested on Jan. 25, 2015 after police stopped their cars along Interstate 80 for driving to closely, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. Authorities said the men were traveling together in separate rental cars.
A deputy reported smelling the odor of raw cannabis emanating from Khalil’s car and requested permission to search it. After being denied permission, a K-9 unit was brought to the scene and a police dog positively alerted for the smell of drugs, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.
When the car’s trunk was opened, deputies discovered numerous vacuum sealed bags containing 128 pounds of marijuana.
Attorneys for the men argued that the pretext for the traffic stop was illegal and the evidence from the unwarranted search should be suppressed.
Authorities believe the men were headed back to Illinois with the marijuana.
Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com