Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Elderly couple busted with pot Christmas presents arrested again, deputies say

Elderly couple busted with pot Christmas presents arrested again, deputies say

Patrick Jiron, 80, and his 70-year-old wife, Barbara, were ordered to return to court next month to face a second set of charges stemming from a traffic stop Tuesday near Lincoln.

The elderly California couple who last month claimed the marijuana found in their truck was for Christmas presents appeared in Lancaster County court Wednesday for the first time since being charged with having $18,000 in drug money. Sixty pounds of marijuana valued at $336,000 was found, which the Jirons said they were planning to distribute to friends in Vermont and Boston as Christmas gifts.

A deputy asked their driver, 42-year-old Mariah Jiron, to sit in his cruiser. York County (Neb.) Attorney Chris Johnson said in late December he has no reason to believe Justin Jiron had been involved in his parent's legal troubles.

Patrick Jiron consented to a vehicle search, officials said.

"It's my understanding that they were stopped, in the same vehicle we caught them in (a Toyota Tacoma), again on Interstate 80", Lt. Vrbka said.

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Authorities say, this time, it's on suspicion of carrying drug money.

The couple was lodged in the Lancaster County Jail as of this report.

He also says they will look into whether their fourth amendment rights were violated, which protects from unreasonable searches and seizures. They reportedly told police they were on their way to Vermont with the goal of distributing the drugs as Christmas gifts and they didn't know it was illegal to transport marijuana through the state.

Patrick and Barbara Jiron's son, Justin Jiron, is a deputy state attorney in Chittenden County, Vermont.

The Jirons are facing felony charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp, as Nebraska requires marijuana dealers to purchase a drug tax stamp from its Department of Revenue as evidence that the state's drug tax has been paid.

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