An Otoe County Sheriff's deputy pulled over along Highway 2 to assist a driver with a flat tire on her vehicle, which led to the driver's arrest.
Sydney R. Behrends, 19, of Nebraska City was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia on June 24 at 2:44 a.m.
At about 2 a.m. the deputy was travelling east on Highway 2 while patrolling the area of Highway 2 and County Road 26. The deputy noticed a parked vehicle on the shoulder of the highway without any lights turned on. Behrends was sitting in the driver's seat of the vehicle. The deputy approached the vehicle and also noticed that it had a flat tire on the front driver's side.
According to an affidavit, the deputy made contract with Behrends to check on her welfare. Behrends told the deputy that she was driving from Lincoln when she got the flat tire and was waiting for a friend from Lincoln to help her.
The deputy smelled "an extremely strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle."
According to the affidavit, Behrends was asked to exit the vehicle while a search of her vehicle was conducted.
Inside of the glove box the deputy found three large, clear self-sealing plastic baggies that contained "a green leafy substance."
"(The deputy) also observed a black container which had a screw on it. (The deputy) unscrewed the container and located a fourth self-sealing plastic baggie of marijuana," the affidavit stated. "(The deputy) also located a multi-colored glass pipe containing burnt marijuana residue."
Behrends was then placed into handcuffs, put in the back of the deputy's patrol vehicle and transported to the Otoe County Jail.
According to the affidavit, the four bags of marijuana were weighed at the OCSO and totaled "136.5 grams/4.8 oz."