Vermont man goes to prison for 104 pounds of pot
By LORI PILGER
Lincoln Journal Star | May 10,2013
LINCOLN, Neb. — A Vermont man nabbed near Lincoln with more than 100 pounds of marijuana and a disassembled gun asked for probation but got prison time Thursday.
Nathaniel P. Miller, 26, of Jericho, Vt., said he really didn’t think about the consequences of his actions.
A Nebraska State Patrol trooper stopped him Sept. 3 near the Lincoln Airport exit for not having a front license plate. After Miller let troopers search his 2001 Dodge pickup, they found 104 pounds of marijuana in packages under the truck’s bed liner.
“I realize it was a terrible choice, and I want to be done with it,” Miller said Thursday.
His attorney, Lawrence Whelan, said Miller had been using marijuana since he was 16 and was acting as a mule Sept. 3. But the disassembled gun among Miller’s personal property in a camper was not part of the drug activity, he said, arguing for probation.
“I think this was a case where he saw an opportunity to make money, and he took that opportunity so he wouldn’t have to work,” Whelan said.
But Deputy Lancaster County Attorney Matt Acton said the amount of marijuana outweighed Miller’s lack of criminal history.
District Judge Jodi Nelson agreed, telling Miller he had made a business decision and must have known what could happen.
“If you get caught, you’re likely going to prison, and that’s what’s happening here,” she said.
She gave him four to six years, with credit for the 248 days he’s been in jail since his arrest.
Miller pleaded no contest to attempt to possess a firearm while in possession of marijuana.