Sixty pounds of marijuana seized


Patrick Jiron, 80, and Barbara Jiron, 70, said they were trucking the stuff from California to Vermont.

The York News-Times reported Patrick Jiron was booked into the York County Jail.

Patrick Jiron, 80, and Barbara Jiron, 83, were pulled over Tuesday during a traffic stop by deputies with the York County Sheriff's Department, who made a shocking discovery: The Jirons had 60 pounds of high-grade pot in their pickup truck, authorities said. The couple told police that they were transporting "Christmas presents".

Deputies allegedly saw the Jirons' Toyota Tacoma going over the center line with the driver failing to signal, authorities told the newspaper.

The deputies noticed the odor of raw marijuana coming from the auto.

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Mr. and Mrs. Jiron told the police they were traveling from their home state of California to Vermont, with a planned pit stop in Boston, and meant to distribute the drugs to family and friends as Christmas gifts.

The deputies launched a search that turned up almost 60 pounds of marijuana, stored in boxes inside the car's pickup topper, with a street value of around $336,000.

Numerous comments on social media appeared to support the elderly couple.

In fact, it's illegal to possess marijuana at all in Nebraska. California may be one of the most relaxed states when it comes to marijuana, but under the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, aka Proposition 64, which passed in November 2016, people over 21 are still only allowed to possess up to one ounce of marijuana for recreational use at a time, and only allowed to grow six plants.

Asked by the Washington Post if the couple were still in jail, the sheriff's department mysteriously said "they were not here" but did not provide a detailed explanation.