Elderly Couple Arrested With $336K of Pot, Claims it Was Christmas Gifts

Dec 23, 2017, 00:53
Elderly Couple Arrested With $336K of Pot, Claims it Was Christmas Gifts

When cops in York, Nebraska, found high-grade marijuana in the back of a pickup truck they'd pulled over, the elderly couple transporting it had a pretty merry excuse: They just wanted to make everyone's Christmas a little greener. Barbara is the second defendant, and was "cited in the case but was not jailed 'due to some medical issues,'" Vrbka told the York News-Times.

It all started when deputies observed a 2016 Toyota Tacoma failing to signal a turn and driving left of the center line and conducted a traffic stop, according to the York County Sheriff's Office. When they pulled the vehicle over, deputies smelled a pungent odor of marijuana, NPR said.

After Patrick Jiron, 80, admitted to having marijuana, the deputies performed a search with the help of a drug canine. Vrbka told the News-Times that the couple acknowledged the marijuana and said they were traveling from California to Vermont where it was to be given away as Christmas gifts.

Deputies found bags of weed in boxes inside the pickup topper.

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The marijuana has an estimated value of $336,000, according to Lt. Paul Vrbka.

Patrick Jiron, 83, and his wife, Barbara Jiron, 80, both of Clearlake Oaks, California, were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp. While multiple states have legalized marijuana, Nebraska has not.

Asked by the Washington Post if the couple were still in jail, the sheriff's department mysteriously said "they were not here" but did not provide a detailed explanation.

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