Jan. 27, 2005 08:45 AM
LINCOLN, Neb. - One man's plea that he was a Homeland Security agent has gone up in smoke.
Officials of the Nebraska State Patrol say one of their troopers stopped an SUV for tailgating on Interstate 80. The trooper says he found 540 pounds of pot during the traffic stop.
According to authorities, the driver was wearing a DEA cap and produced Immigration and Naturalization Service ID. The man claimed he was working with the Department of Homeland Security.
But troopers say the driver and passenger gave conflicting stories. Authorities asked for permission to search the SUV and a trailer, and say they found the illegal weed packed in boxes in the U-Haul. Both men were busted.