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

Plans for a "weed Christmas" went awry on Tuesday after authorities in Nebraska found an elderly couple with 60 pounds of marijuana in their truck as they drove across country, NPR reported.

Patrick Jiron, 80, and Barbara Jiron, 70, said they were trucking the stuff from California to Vermont.

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"They said the marijuana was for Christmas presents", Lt. Paul Vrbka of the York County Sheriff's Department said. Once the vehicle was stopped, deputies could smell what they believed to be raw marijuana, officials told the News-Times.

During the traffic stop, deputies noticed a strong scent of the sticky-icky emanating from the Toyota Tacoma. They were simply spreading holiday cheer, they told authorities.

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In addition to the 60 pounds of marijuana - with an estimated street value of over $300,000, according to police - officers also discovered multiple containers of concentrated THC, police say. She was not jailed, however, because of medical issues, the York County Sheriff's Office said.

A December 22 updated from the York News-Times indicated Patrick was booked into the York County Jail "on charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and having no drug tax stamp".

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Both are being held on felony drug charges. "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.


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