A 57-year-old Glendale, Arizona man has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in federal prison for hauling more than a ton of marijuana across Nebraska.
James Valimont was sentenced Friday in Omaha's federal court after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute more than 50 kilograms of marijuana.
Valimont told officials he believed he was being paid $3,000 to haul furniture to Iowa, but began to suspect something criminal when he noticed people following him. It made him uneasy, he said.
A Nebraska State Patrol trooper stopped Valimont along Interstate 80 on November 18, 2012 in York County and a search of the truck turned up 101 bundles of marijuana weighing 2,396 pounds, valued at more than $2 million.