Sentencing set for man caught with nearly 400 pounds of pot

YORK – Jimma Thomas Tot, 41, of Sandy Springs, Georgia, pleaded no contest this week in York County District Court in a case where he was caught with 387 pounds of marijuana in York County.

The case began when a trooper with the Nebraska State Patrol saw a speeding van on Interstate 80. Court documents indicate the driver also committed several traffic violations and a stop was initiated.

According to the affidavit filed with the court, the trooper could see several large boxes in the rear cargo area of the van and he could smell marijuana. Tot was the driver.

Because of the extreme odor of marijuana coming from the van, a probable cause search was conducted. Troopers found 375 bags containing 387.3 pounds of marijuana in the van.

Tot was initially charged with delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 2A felony; possession of more than a pound of marijuana, a Class 4 felony; and having no drug tax stamp, a Class 4 felony.

As part of a plea agreement, the charges were amended to one count of possession of more than a pound of marijuana, which is a Class 4 felony that carries a possible maximum sentence of two years in prison with 12 months of post-release supervision. Tot pleaded no contest to the single charge and the rest were dismissed.

Sentencing has been set for Aug. 14.


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