Elderly Couple Arrested With $336K of Pot, Claims it Was Christmas Gifts

However, police say 80-year-old Patrick Jiron and his 83-year-old wife Barbara Jiron won't be filling stockings with holiday cheer this year.

Imagine being pulled over by police, and having your Christmas presents taken away.

Summary: Nebraska police found 60 lbs. of marijuana in an elderly couple's truck on Tuesday. According to reports, deputies became suspicious and called a canine unit to the scene when they smelled a strong odor of fresh marijuana as coming from the Toyota Tacoma.

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When asked, Patrick reportedly admitted that drugs were in the truck and allowed deputies to perform a search.

Beneath the pickup topper in the back of the truck, deputies discovered 60 pounds of marijuana and several containers of concentrated THC, NPR reported.

The couple said they were heading to Vermont.

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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".

The deputies launched a search that turned up almost 60 pounds of marijuana, stored in boxes inside the car's pickup topper, with a street value of around $336,000.

According to The Washington Post, marijuana is not legal in the state of Nebraska. Patrick has since been released on bond. "Legalization of marijuana for any goal 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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  • Ryan Wade