Elderly couple told cops 60 pounds of marijuana was for 'Christmas presents'

Laura Christensen
December 23, 2017

An elderly California couple's cross-country trip to deliver Christmas presents to their family was cut short by a traffic stop in Nebraska, where deputies discovered the gifts they meant to deliver was more than 60 pounds of marijuana.

Patrick, 80, and Barbara, 83, Jiron were pulled over in York, Nebraska, on Tuesday after failing to signal.

"They said the marijuana was for Christmas presents", Lieutenant Paul Vrbka from York County reported.

As police got closer to the vehicle they smelled a strong marijuana odor. Assisted by a dog from the canine unit, officers found 60 pounds of weed and multiple containers of concentrated THC in the back of the truck.

Patrick was arrested and booked into the York County Jail. The elderly couple were driving from northern California to Boston and Vermont when they were stopped by the Nebraska sheriff's department.

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With estimates approximating the holiday haul at $336,000, the gift-wrapped ganja caused this senior couple to each face felony charges of drug possession with intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp, which is required by Nebraska law.

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

They conducted a search, and inside the truck's topper, found approximately 60 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of more than $300,000.

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

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