Elderly couple says 60 pounds of pot was for Christmas presents

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However, police say 80-year-old Patrick Jiron and his 83-year-old wife Barbara Jiron won't be filling stockings with holiday cheer this year. After Dundee alerted police there may be a controlled substance present, cops found boxes of weed stored in the truck's covered bed, as well as "multiple containers of concentrated THC".

York County Sheriff's deputies who pulled over an elderly couple on a traffic stop in Nebraska on Tuesday say they found 60 pounds of high-grade pot in the Toyota Tacoma with the man and woman. Barbara was not arrested, but Patrick was. During the traffic stop, the deputies smelled raw marijuana and asked the driver about the odor. Patrick Jiron consented to a vehicle search, officials said.

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

The couple told authorities, according to Vrbka, that they did not know it was illegal to transport marijuana through Nebraska, the newspaper said. The elderly couple were driving from northern California to Boston and Vermont when they were stopped by the Nebraska sheriff's department.

Though many states have legalized marijuana to varying degrees, Nebraska is not among them. The two were subsequently arrested and remain in custody at the York County Jail on charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, as well as having no drug tax stamp. He posted bond and was released from jail.

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