An elderly couple was busted driving through Nebraska with more than $300,000 worth of marijuana that they told police was for “Christmas presents.”
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. The driver, 80-year-old Patrick Jiron, and the passenger, 70-year-old Barbara Jiron, told officers they were driving from northern California to deliver holiday goodies to Boston and Vermont, reports NPR.
The elderly pair admitted to the officers they were carrying contraband and consented to a search of their trunk, where police found 60 pounds of marijuana wrapped in dozens of bags, along with containers with concentrated doses of THC.
“They said the marijuana was for Christmas presents,” Lt. Paul Vrbka of the York Country Sheriff’s Office told the York News-Times.
Lt. Vrbka said the couple remarked to the Sheriff’s Deputies, “they didn’t know it was illegal to transport marijuana in Nebraska.”
Police cited Barbara Jiron but did not jail her for unspecified medical reasons. Patrick Jiron, who was released after posting 10 percent of his $100,000 bond, faces charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and having no drug tax stamp, reports York News-Times.
The massive marijuana haul carries an estimated street value of $336,000.
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