An elderly couple allegedly caught with more than 60 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop reportedly told officers that they had planned to give it away as Christmas gifts.
According to the York News-Times, York County Sheriff’s deputies pulled over Patrick Jiron, 80, Tuesday after he failed to signal and crossed the center line. Lieutenant Paul Vrbka said that Nebraska deputies were immediately taken aback by the odor of marijuana upon stopping the Toyota Tacoma.
The department’s canine unit reportedly confirmed the presence of drugs, allowing officers to conduct a probable cause search of the vehicle. It was then officers located 60 pounds of marijunana–worth approximately $336,000–in the pickup’s topper, according to Vrbka.
NPR reported that officers also located containers of concentrated THC during Tuesday’s search.
An update from the News-Times indicated that the marijuana was worth so much due to its high grade.
Jiron and his wife, Barbara, 70, explained that they were from Clearlake Oaks, California, and were en route to Vermont. Vrbka said the pair claimed the marijuana was Christmas gifts and that they “they didn’t know it was illegal to transport marijuana in Nebraska.”
Despite this, the pair were charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp–both felonies. The News-Times later wrote that Barbara was cited but wasn’t jailed due to “medical issues.” Patrick has since been released after posting bond.
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