An elderly couple from Clearlake Oaks, California were busted by Nebraska sheriff’s deputies with 60 pounds of marijuana, edibles and marijuana concentrates while on a 3,000 mile cross-country Christmas trip to Vermont, police said.
Patrick Jiron, 83 and his wife Barbara, 70, were planning to give the pot to family as Christmas presents when Nebraska police smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from their Toyota Tacoma during a traffic stop for going over the center line and failing to signal, said the York County Sheriff’s Office. The smell was confirmed by their drug dog, Dundee.
When they initiated the traffic stop, deputies could immediately smell the strong odor of raw marijuana. Dundee, the county’s drug dog, alerted to the presence of a controlled substance and a search was conducted.
The Jirons acknowledged that the marijuana was in the back of the pickup, under a topper, and deputies found 60 pounds of marijuana inside boxes. Because the marijuana was such high grade, the street value was equally high. –York News Times
The marijuana was found in boxes stowed underneath the pickup topper.
Patrick Jiron was booked into York County Jail on felony charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and having no drug tax stamp, however Barbara was only cited “due to some medical issues” according to York County Sherriff’s Lt. Paul Vrbka. Mr. Jiron posted 10% of his $100,000 bond and has been released.
The Jirons told Nebraska deputies that they didn’t know it was illegal to transport marijuana in Nebraska.