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Elderly couple stopped with 60 pounds of marijuana intended for Christmas gifts

Elderly couple stopped with 60 pounds of marijuana intended for Christmas gifts

The odor of marijuana tipped deputies off to the stash during a December 19 traffic stop in York County in eastern Nebraska, authorities said.

Patrick Jiron, 80, and Barbara Jiron, 83, were pulled over Tuesday during a traffic stop by deputies with the York County Sheriff's Department, who made a shocking discovery: The Jirons had 60 pounds (around 27 kilosgrams) of high-grade pot in their pickup truck, authorities said. Curious, Jiron was questioned regarding the familiar odor and openly admitted to having contraband in the vehicle, consenting to a search. The sheriff's office initially reported incorrect ages for the couple, the York News Times said.

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An elderly couple has been arrested with about 30kg of marijuana they alleged planned to give as Christmas presents. Insinuating that it would be quite the expensive Christmas present, the Sherrif's department valued the marijuana at over $336,000.

Marijuana is illegal in Nebraska, even though a handful of states, including California and Nebraska's neighbour Colorado, have legalised the drug for recreational use.

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In Nebraska, the tax on marijuana is $10 per ounce, which means that the Jirons would have owed about US$9,600 in taxes. Any containers holding a regulated amount of cannabis or processed product must include a tax stamped purchased from Nebraskan regulators no older than 180 days of issuance.

The pair will now spend the holiday season in jail on suspicion of felony possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, and no drug tax stamp.

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Barbara Jiron was cited but not arrested "due to some medical issues", Vrbka told the newspaper.


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