Elderly couple says 60 pounds of pot was for Christmas presents

Elderly couple says 60 pounds of pot was for Christmas presents

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 couple were stopped Tuesday on Interstate 80 near the Bradshaw exit after York County sheriff's deputies saw their 2016 Toyota Tacoma drive over the center line. During the stop, police say, they noticed the odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Deputies found the high-grade marijuana packed in boxes under the pickup topper.

The couple said they were heading to Vermont.

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Authorities estimated that the marijuana was worth about $336,000. They told cops it was intended for Christmas presents.

Although Patrick and Barbara Jiron are 83 and 70, respectively, their age has not slowed down their passion for Christmas or cannabis. Nebraska punishes possession of up to one ounce with a $300 citation but the sale of any amount is a felony.

An update from the YNT explains Patrick was jailed on charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and having no drug tax stamp. "Legalization of marijuana for any goal 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.

When asked about the Jirons' custody status by the Washington Post, authorities simply replied, "they're not here".

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