Man caught with 38 pounds of marijuana sentenced to probation

YORK – A California man caught with 38 pounds of high-grade marijuana in York County has been sentenced to probation.

Horacio Garcia-Farias, 36, of Tulare, California, was sentenced this week by York County District Judge James Stecker.

He was initially charged with high level felonies but those were amended to one low-level felony as part of a plea agreement. He was facing a possible maximum sentence of two years in prison.

The case began when a trooper with the Nebraska State Patrol saw Farias’ vehicle on Interstate 80, noting some issues with the license place and brake lights, as well as some traffic violations.

A traffic stop was initiated.

According to court documents, the trooper could see two very large, very full duffel bags in the third-row seats, while he was speaking with Farias who was alone in the vehicle. It is also noted that the trooper found Farias to be quite nervous while they were having a conversation.

A consensual search was conducted and in the duffel bags, troopers found 38.6 pounds of marijuana.

Farias was sentenced to two years of traditional probation. He was also ordered to spend 11 days in the York County Jail now. He was also sentenced to two 30-day stints in jail, in the future, but those can be waived if he is found to be compliant with the terms of his probation.



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