WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- An elderly couple travelling to Vermont from Clearlake Oaks, California was arrested in Nebraska for carrying 60 pounds of marijuana in their truck.
- The couple, both in their eighties, told officers that the weeds were meant to be Christmas presents.
- The pair was being held in York County jail on suspicion of felony drug charges.
An elderly couple was arrested Tuesday by the York County Sheriff’s Department after a routine traffic stop in York County, Nebraska. Police found 60 pounds of pot in the vehicle. The bags of pot in the Toyota Tacoma, according to the couple, were intended for holiday gifts.
According to the York News-Times, the vehicle was driven by an 80-year-old man and an 83-year-old woman. Deputies stopped the pickup for a traffic violation. It crossed the center line and the driver didn’t make a signal. Officers said they immediately smelled what seemed to be raw marijuana when they approached the vehicle.
With the help of drug-sniffing dogs, deputies searched the vehicle and discovered the weed in boxes inside the pickup topper, the York News-Times reported.
Sheriff Lt. Paul Vrbka of York County told the newspaper he estimated the confiscated marijuana to be worth about $336,000. “They said the marijuana was for Christmas presents,” Vrbka told the newspaper.
The driver, 80-year-old Patrick Jiron, was arrested on felony charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and without drug tax stamp.
According to the York News-Times, Jiron was released after posting 10 percent of his $100,000 bond. His wife, 83-year-old Barbara Jiron, was cited but not detained due to ”some medical issues.”
The couple told deputies “They didn’t know it was illegal to transport marijuana in Nebraska,” Vrbka told the Times.