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

23 December 2017

Lt. Paul Vrbka with the York sheriff's department told the York News-Times that police pulled over the couple's Toyota Tacoma because they observed it "driving over the center line and the driver failing to signal".

A couple in their 80s was arrested in Nebraska on Tuesday for allegedly transporting 60 pounds of marijuana, worth several hundred thousand dollars, which they told the police they meant to give away as Christmas presents. Patrick Jiron was placed in York County Jail, but his wife Barbara was not due to a medical issue, USA Today reported.

During the traffic stop, deputies noticed a strong smell of raw marijuana, the sheriff's department says.

Police say the marijuana had an estimated street value of over $300,000.

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While being questioned, the couple told deputies they were headed to Vermont, and "the marijuana was for Christmas presents", according to a police report. That's when deputies found the cannabis, along with several containers of concentrated THC.

A Sheriff's Department in Nebraska was in for a surprise when they stopped an elderly couple for a traffic violation. Patrick Jiron was charged with felony marijuana possession with the intent to deliver and having no drug tax stamp.

Vrbka said the couple claims to not have known it was illegal to transport marijuana in the state of Nebraska.

When asked about the Jirons' custody status by the Washington Post, authorities simply replied, "they're not here".

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