An elderly couple busted with 60 pounds of high grade marijuana during a traffic stop in Nebraska claim they were going to give it away as Christmas gifts.
Patrick Jiron, 80, and his 83-year-old wife Barbara Jiron were arrested on Tuesday after they were stopped by York County Sheriff’s deputies on Interstate 80. The couple were initially stopped when officers spotted their pickup driving over the center line and failing to signal. Authorities found the drugs stashed in the back of their Toyota Tacoma pickup. Deputies said they first noticed a strong stench coming from a truck they pulled over during a routine traffic stop on a highway this week. Upon further inspection, large bags discovered inside allegedly contained 60 pounds of marijuana. The high grade marijuana had an estimated street value of $336,000, according to the sheriff’s office.
Patrick Jiron and his wife said they were transporting the drugs from Northern California, where they live, to Vermont. They added that the marijuana was for Christmas presents.
The couple were taken into custody on charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp. Patrick Jiron was charged with the felonies, while his wife was left off with a citation.