Troopers find 68 pounds of pot in gift-wrapped boxes

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KAKE) -

Troopers in central Nebraska have arrested a 56-year-old man after they found nearly 70 pounds of marijuana in gift-wrapped boxes. 

It happened southwest of Grand Island on Interstate 80. The patrol stopped a Toyota 4Runner for following another vehicle too closely at around 3 p.m. During the stop, a trooper located a meth pipe and gram of meth on the driver. 

"Troopers then searched the vehicle and found 68 pounds of marijuana hidden inside several large, gift-wrapped boxes," the patrol said in a news release. "The driver stated the boxes were gifts for a new baby."

The driver, Joseph Hullinger, of Santa Rosa, California, was arrested for possession of marijuana,, possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, and no drug tax stamp. 

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