Elderly Couple Stopped With 60 Pounds Of 'Christmas' Weed Presents

Georgia Reed
December 27, 2017

The cannabis capers at fault weren't notorious bandits or big-time criminals trying to push their product across state lines for profit; instead, Patrick Jiron, 80, and his wife Barbara, 70, insist that their cargo was instead meant to be a load of Christmas presents.

"They said the marijuana was for Christmas presents", Lt. Paul Vrbka told the York News-Times on Saturday.

An 80-year-old Lake County man and his wife road tripping to the East Coast, were arrested in Nebraska on suspicion of hauling about 60 pounds of cannabis in the vehicle, according to sheriff's officials.

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York County Sheriff's Deputies pulled over a pickup truck Tuesday after it failed to use a blinker and drifted over the center line, and were met by the potent scent of raw marijuana wafting out of the veichle. Patrick Jiron then admitted there was "contraband" in the auto, the sheriff's department said, and allowed the deputies to search the truck. The couple now face felony charges of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, and no drug stamp.

The drugs have a street value of more than $300,000.

Nebraska law requires marijuana dealers to purchase drug tax stamps from the Department of Revenue to prove that the state's drug tax has been fulfilled. A local news outlet, the York News Times, reported that only he was booked into jail before being released on bail, and his wife was given a citation to appear in court "due to some medical issues". Patrick Jiron posted 10 percent of his $100,000 bond and has been released from custody.

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