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Elderly couple tries to make Christmas green again, gets busted with 60 pounds of marijuana

York County, Nebraska- When deputies in York County stopped a Toyota Tacoma after it crossed the center line and the driver failed to signal, they thought the traffic stop would be normal. Instead, deputies said they immediately smelled what appeared to be marijuana.

When drug-sniffing dogs confirmed their suspicion, officers searched the pickup and found the weed in boxes inside the pickup topper, the newspaper reported. At that point, the owner of the vehicle, 80 year old Patrick Jiron, admitted to having mairijuana in the back of his truck.

Jiron was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and having no drug tax stamp, both felonies. He has since posted 10 percent of his $100,000 bond and has been released. His wife, Barbara Jiron was also cited in the case but was not jailed “due to some medical issues.”

(It has also been clarified that Barbara Jiron’s age is 70. The sheriff’s department inadvertently originally said her age was 83.)

Lt. Vrbka said the Jirons acknowledged that the marijuana was in the back of the pickup, under a topper, and deputies found nearly 60 pounds of marijuana inside boxes. Because the marijuana was such high grade, the street value was equally high. Vrbka estimated the confiscated cannabis to be worth about $336,000.


The couple told investigators that they were traveling from Clearlake Oaks, California and were headed to Vermont. They added that they intended to give away the marijuana as Christmas presents.

Vrbka said they also told deputies “they didn’t know it was illegal to transport marijuana in Nebraska.”

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