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I-80 traffic stop reveals pot, cocaine, hash in car, DCSO says

Maxwell Podgorski, 21, and Jermal Brown, 24

Two Iowa men are in jail on drug charges after a traffic stop on Interstate-80 early Wednesday morning.

At around 2:20, a Douglas County sheriff's deputy was patrolling I-80 when he saw a Hyundai Tucson speeding near 42nd Street.

The deputy tried to stop the car near 36th Street but says it continued before stopping in a parking lot near 24th Street and Deer Park Boulevard.

When the deputy approached the car, he saw a large black garbage bag in the rear compartment.

The deputy said he immediately noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the passenger compartment.

A search of the car revealed several heat sealed bags of suspected marijuana in the trash bag, the sheriff's office said.

The deputy also found two bricks of suspected cocaine and numerous containers of suspected hash.

In all, more than 14 pounds of marijuana, 4.5 pounds of cocaine and 23 containers of hash were seized, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

The driver Maxwell Podgorski, 21, and passenger Jermal Brown, 24, were en route from Colorado to Iowa, officials say.

Podgorski and Brown were arrested and booked on the following charges:

  • possession with intent to deliver cocaine
  • possession with intent to deliver marijuana
  • possession with intent to deliver hash
  • failure to affix a tax stamp.

Both men are from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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