Cops: Elderly couple said bags of weed were Christmas gifts

Posted December 23, 2017

Nebraska officers arrested a couple in their eighties after finding 60 pounds of marijuana in their truck during a traffic stop, according to the York County Sheriff's Department.

Photo provided by the York County, Nebraska sheriff's department shows the marijuana recovered from a truck driven by Patrick and Barbara Jiron of Clearlake Oaks, California, during a traffic stop.

Vrbka added the pot had a street value of around $336,000 and said the couple was charged with "felony suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp". The couple told police that they were transporting "Christmas presents".

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Lieutenant Paul Vrbka, who initially stopped the couple's pick up truck, said that they had noticed the Toyota Tacoma driving "over the center lane and failing to signal". 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. Multiple containers of concentrated THC also were found, officials said.

According to a report from NPR, they were heading to Boston and Vermont.

A December 22 updated from the York News-Times indicated Patrick was booked into the York County Jail "on charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and having no drug tax stamp".

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In fact, it's illegal to possess marijuana at all in Nebraska. Patrick has since been released on bond.

Though many states have legalized marijuana to varying degrees, Nebraska is not among them.

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