Elderly couple says 60 pounds of pot was intended for Christmas gifts

Lucy Bush
December 23, 2017

The couple told police that they were transporting "Christmas presents".

An elderly couple in Nebraska seemed to have stress relief on the mind when they were busted by police at a traffic stop with boxes and boxes of some very unusual Christmas shipping-high-grade marijuana.

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Lieutenant Paul Vrbka, who initially stopped the couple's pick up truck, said that they had noticed the Toyota Tacoma driving "over the center lane and failing to signal".

Although Patrick and Barbara Jiron are 83 and 70, respectively, their age has not slowed down their passion for Christmas or cannabis. When they pulled the vehicle over, deputies smelled a pungent odor of marijuana, NPR said. The department estimated the street value of the pot at over $300,000. Assisted by a dog from the canine unit, officers found 60 pounds of weed and multiple containers of concentrated THC in the back of the truck.

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According to a report from NPR, they were heading to Boston and Vermont. "Legalization of marijuana for any objective 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.

The pair were charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp, which is required by Nebraska state law, NPR said.

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Don't drive around 60 pounds worth of marijuana in a state where it's illegal. Patrick has since been released on bond.

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