Elderly couple caught in Nebraska with 60 pounds of marijuana, claim it's for 'Christmas presents'
The couple reportedly told the deputies that they "did not know it was illegal to transport marijuana in Nebraska."
An elderly couple was stopped with nearly 60 pounds of weed in Nebraska on Tuesday after sheriff's deputies in York County saw a pickup truck driving over the center line and noted that the driver failed to signal.
The sheriff's department said that during the traffic stop, the deputies noticed a strong smell of raw marijuana emanating from the vehicle, and decided to search the Toyota Tacoma.
The couple — 80-year-old Patrick Jiron and 83-year-old Barbara Jiron — from northern California were heading to Boston and then Vermont, according to reports.
Elderly CA couple tells police 60 lbs of marijuana in car were Christmas presents. York County Sheriff says 83-y/o man & 80 y/o woman were pulled over in York, NE for traffic violation. Deputies found weed estimated at a street value of over $300,000 inside truck topper. pic.twitter.com/vsvJqXRtJP— Kristen Holmes (@KristenhCNN) December 22, 2017
The deputies reportedly asked the driver, Patrick, about the marijuana smell, and he then admitted to possessing contraband in the truck and allowed the officials to search the vehicle.
The deputies, with the assistance of the county's canine unit, began searching the vehicle, and when they looked under the pickup topper, they found 60 pounds of marijuana and multiple containers of concentrated tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a psychotropic cannabinoid.
When asked why were they carrying such large quantities of marijuana, the couple reportedly said that the cannabis was for Christmas presents.
"They said the marijuana was for Christmas presents," Lt. Paul Vrbka told the York News-Times.
60 lbs of marijuana was discovered in the back of the pick up of a California couple in their 80s pulled over in York County. The couple claims the marijuana was to be Christmas gifts. Why can’t I get people like this in the Secret Santa?— Brad Dickson (@brad_dickson) December 21, 2017
The York County sheriff department has estimated the street value of the marijuana carried by the couple to be more than $300,000, according to reports.
The couple now faces felony charges for possessing marijuana with the intent to deliver and not having any drug tax stamp. The law in Nebraska requires that the dealers of marijuana purchase drug tax stamp fro the Department of Revenue as an evidence that the drug tax for the state has been paid.
A California law, legalizing recreational pot, does not go into effect until January 1. Possession of marijuana is illegal in Nebraska.
Sheriff Lt. Paul Vbrka said that while Patrick Jiron has been taken into custody, his wife Barbara was not convicted "due to some medical issues."
Stupid bust! Waste of time! York County Sheriff wasting time and resources! Let the old couple go! Legalization is coming, Sheriff, you can't stop the future forever with your pointless busts. Wack a mole. Wake up to reality, sheriff, you can't stop marijuana forever!— Matthew S. Bunker (@darkwraith07) December 22, 2017
Reports state that 10 percent of Patrick's $100,000 bond has been posted and he has been released from jail.
The elderly couple, reportedly, also told the deputies that they "did not know it was illegal to transport marijuana in Nebraska."
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