Pounds of Pot Was for Christmas Presents, Elderly Couple Says

Pounds of Pot Was for Christmas Presents, Elderly Couple Says

Kerry Wise
December 23, 2017

The York County Sheriff's Department stopped the couple's Toyota Tacoma on the interstate on Tuesday after the driver shifted over the centerline while failing to signal.

The married couple was driving around with 60 pounds of the loud, according to the York News Times.

Authorities said the officers detected the odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle and, when asked about the smell, Patrick Jiron allegedly admitted to having contraband. Canine units were called and deputies found 60 pounds of high-grade marijuana. Dealers found with drugs, that have not had their drug tax paid for, will face further charges - a way for the state to further punish dealers while making some revenue.

The marijuana has an estimated value of $336,000, according to Lt. Paul Vrbka. Patrick Jiron was placed in York County Jail, but his wife Barbara was not due to a medical issue, USA Today reported.

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While multiple states have legalized marijuana, Nebraska has not.

Police say the couple said they were traveling from Clearlake Oaks, Calif., making stops in Boston and Vermont to distribute the marijuana to family and friends as Christmas gifts. The state, like many in the USA, has not decriminalized marijuana for either medical or recreational use.

Vrbka said the Jirons told authorities "they didn't know it was illegal to transport marijuana in Nebraska".

In California, it is legal to possess up to 28 1/2 grams of marijuana for recreational use.