It would have been a “green Christmas” for the friends of Patrick and Barbara Jiron, but Sheriff’s deputies in York County, Neb. confiscated all of their “gifts”, which turned out to be 60 pounds of marijuana.
Authorities stopped the elderly couple’s pickup truck on Tuesday when they noticed it driving over the center line and the driver failing to signal. As soon as they approached the vehicle, the strong, unmistakable odor of fresh marijuana hit the officers.
Patrick Jiron, 80, consented to a search of the vehicle, and officers discovered bags and bags of pot — 60 pounds worth. According to Jiron, he and his wife Barbara, 83, were driving from northern California (where it’s legal to smoke marijuana) and were en route to Boston and Vermont (where marijuana is illegal).
“They said the marijuana was for Christmas presents,” Lieutenant Paul Vrbka told the New-Times. The department estimated the street value of the pot at more than $3oo,000.
The cops hauled the elderly pot smugglers off to jail, and now the Jirons are facing felony charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver. And because Nebraska law requires marijuana dealers to purchase drug tax stamps from its Department of Revenue as evidence that the state’s drug tax has been paid, the couple stands accused of breaking that law as well.
— The Root (@TheRoot) December 22, 2017
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