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A 40-year-old Arvada, Colorado, man has pleaded guilty in federal court in Colorado in connection to 1,800 pounds of marijuana that Nebraska State Patrol troopers caught him trafficking through the state last year.

Michael Cardis agreed to transfer his Nebraska indictment for conspiracy to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana to U.S. District Court in Denver, where he entered the plea Monday.

Cardis faces between five years and 40 years in federal prison.

In court records, prosecutors say troopers in Fillmore County on April 18, 2018, stopped him after he exited I-80 immediately after passing a ruse sign about a checkpoint ahead.

A search of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van turned up the marijuana, as well as 8,779 doses of hash oil vape pens and 46 pounds of hash wax.

Cardis was arrested, taken to jail and later indicted.

An assistant U.S. Attorney in Colorado said Cardi's wife brought $100,000 to Nebraska to post his bond.

A drug dog indicated the smell of drugs on the money, according to court records.

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