Cops Find $300000 Worth of "Christmas" Pot in Elderly Couple's Truck

23 December, 2017, 00:49 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • Patrick Jiron

An 80-year-old California man whose pickup truck contained 60 pounds of marijuana that he said was intended as Christmas gifts has been released from the York County Jail.

Authorities say Patrick Jiron, 83, and his wife, Barbara, 80, were pulled over in York, Nebraska.

The sheriff's deputies told the York News-Times that they pulled over a pickup when it drove over the center line and the driver failed to signal. Once the vehicle was stopped, deputies could smell what they believed to be raw marijuana, officials told the News-Times. The county's K9 unit alerted deputies to the possibility of pot in the truck, and a search ensued. The marijuana had an estimated street value of over $300,000.

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

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Lt. Vrbka said the two elderly people indicated they were from Clearlake Oaks, Calif., and were headed for Vermont. "Legalization of marijuana for any objective has proven to be a risky proposition because the controls placed on its use in other states have fallen short", Nebraska governor Pete Ricketts said in 2015.

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.

According to The Washington Post, marijuana is not legal in the state of Nebraska.

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