Troopers find three pounds of marijuana in car, driver flees

SPARKS — Nevada Highway Patrol officials say a 25-year-old Kansas man bolted and hasn’t been seen since troopers found three pounds of marijuana in his vehicle.

Troopers say a sergeant pulled over a Mitsubishi about 4 p.m. Tuesday on Interstate 80 near Sparks.

He asked the 25-year-old driver, Lonnie Scott Schaefer, for permission to search the vehicle. That’s when troopers found the marijuana.

Officials say that just as Schaefer was about to be arrested, he ran off toward the Truckee River.

Authorities launched a manhunt that lasted several hours and included a search helicopter, but Schaefer hasn’t been found.

Troopers say the Lawrence, Kan., resident was on parole for a previous robbery conviction in his home state.


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