Elderly couple arrested in Nebraska with over 60 pounds of marijuana

Elderly couple arrested in Nebraska with over 60 pounds of marijuana”

"They said the marijuana was for Christmas presents", Lt. Paul Vrbka told the York News-Times.

Sheriff's deputies in York County, Neb., stopped a pickup truck on Tuesday when they noticed it driving over the center line and the driver failing to signal. When officers said they smelled marijuana, the couple admitted they were carrying contraband. They told cops it was intended for Christmas presents. That's when deputies found the cannabis, along with several containers of concentrated THC.

According to a report from NPR, they were heading to Boston and Vermont.

Patrick Jiron, 83, and his wife, Barbara Jiron, 80, both of Clearlake Oaks, California, were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp.

Deputies searched the vehicle after smelling the strong odor of raw marijuana and found roughly 60 pounds of it, with an estimated street value of more than $300,000, the department said in a statement. Barbara is the second defendant, and was "cited in the case but was not jailed 'due to some medical issues,'" Vrbka told the York News-Times. "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.

In fact, it's illegal to possess marijuana at all in Nebraska. He posted 10 percent of his $100,000 bond and has been released from jail.

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