Elderly California Couple With Marijuana Christmas Presents Again Arrested In Nebraska


The couple said the pot was for Christmas gifts.

Patrick Jiron, 80, and his wife, Barbara, 70, are out on bond and appeared in court on Wednesday for hearing in regard to allegedly possessing $18,000 worth of drug money.

And just like last month, their troubles began with a traffic stop.

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Sgt. Jason Mayo, of the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, told KOLN that the couple's daughter was driving around 9:40 a.m. Tuesday when the truck was pulled over on Interstate 80.

"During this time, reasonable, articulable suspicion was obtained that criminal activity was afoot", the deputy wrote in the report.

After court, Lincoln attorney John Berry, who represents Patrick Jiron in both cases, said he didn't know enough yet about the Lancaster County stop to comment further on it or how Jiron will plead. A K-9 deployed to search the truck indicated the presence of marijuana and the vehicle smelled strongly of the substance, Mayo said.

Deputies detected trace amounts of cannabis during field tests of the money and found an over-sized garbage bag in the back of the truck containing raw marijuana residue, the report said.

The Jirons were taken to the county jail.

Mariah Jiron, who is their daughter, was issued a warning.

At that time, the couple was driving on I-80 about 50 miles west of Lincoln in York County, Neb.

They also said they found "owe notes" relating to the sales of narcotics. En route to Vermont, the Jirons told police they were unaware it was illegal to transport marijuana through Nebraska and they were planning to give the drug as Christmas presents.

The two were detained and booked at the Lancaster County Jail for possession of money "used or meant to be used to facilitate a violation" of laws against controlled substances.

Stemming from the December incident, as NPR's Laurel Wamsley reported, the Jirons are facing "felony charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp".