WAHOO – A woman who brought a large amount of marijuana to Wahoo last week is now sitting in jail.
Barbara McArthur, 61, of Jamestown, N.Y. was booked into the Saunders County Jail on Friday after law enforcement seized 27 pounds of marijuana and items used to heat seal baggies for transportation in her possession. Chief of Police Bruce Farrell said the value of the marijuana was about $55,000.
Apparently McArthur was on her way from California to her home in New York and stopped in Wahoo for an unknown reason. However, blizzard conditions in the area made travel difficult.
Farrell said McArthur was lodged at a local motel when she was arrested after a call to police reporting an odor of marijuana.
Wahoo Police officers and members of the III Corps Narcotics Task Force served the search warrant after the WPD conducted a narcotics investigation at 5 p.m.
McArthur was charged with possession with intent to deliver and possession of marijuana more than a pound.
Farrell said this is an ongoing investigation as it appears this was not the first trip by the suspect from New York to California. Additional assistance was also provided by uniformed troopers from the Nebraska State Patrol.
The incident was posted on the Wahoo Police Department’s Facebook page over the weekend, which resulted in hundreds of comments.
Many of the comments were negative, and directed towards the fact that while marijuana is not legal in Nebraska, it is legal is several other states. A petition to put the issue of legalizing marijuana in Nebraska on the Nov. 3 General Election ballot was submitted last year. But courts ruled the issue could not be put on the ballot.
Farrell said the majority of the negative comments did not come from residents of Wahoo or Saunders County.
“Our job is to enforce the laws of the State of Nebraska and the city ordinances of the City of Wahoo, which we’ll continue to do,” he said.