A Maryland man was arrested Saturday on U.S. Interstate 80 when a traffic stop led to his allegedly revealing his smuggled contraband.
Robert Michael Nemec Jr., 24, of 2938 Charleston Ave., Halethorpe, Maryland, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, failure to affix a drug tax stamp and prohibited acts by maintaining a motor vehicle for marijuana trafficking.
The incident began about 2 p.m. Saturday near the 106 mile marker of eastbound U.S. Interstate 80, where an Iowa State Patrol Trooper initiated a traffic stop on a speeding 2019 Ford Explorer with Maryland plates.
In the course of the interaction, the trooper “gained reasonable articulable suspicion to believe the defendant was participating in criminal activity, according to court records.
The Trooper asked Nemec whether “he would show me what was in his bags,” and Nemec “voluntarily opened the back hatch of his SUV, and unzipped a large black bag which revealed vacuum sealed packages of raw marijuana in plain view,” according to court records.
Nemec is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $10,000 cash or surety bond. and released to the care of jail staff