Marijuana for Christmas? Elderly Couple Arrested With 60 Pounds for Gifts

Marijuana for Christmas? Elderly Couple Arrested With 60 Pounds for Gifts

"Either the senior citizens have a lot of friends or they were really feeling the gift of giving this year, because they swear that the $336,000 worth of weed was all going to get wrapped up as Christmas gifts", snarked Vice.

Deputies with the York County Sheriff's Office say after stopping a pickup truck for drive over the center line and failing to signal, deputies noticed a strong smell of raw marijuana.

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 admitted to having cannabis in the truck and consented to a vehicle search, the sheriff's department said. Barbara is the second defendant, and was "cited in the case but was not jailed 'due to some medical issues,'" Vrbka told the York News-Times.

The couple told authorities, according to Vrbka, that they did not know it was illegal to transport marijuana through Nebraska, the newspaper said.

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Patrick Jiron was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and no drug stamp - all felonies - while his wife received a citation.

The married couple told cops that they were driving from California to Vermont and the drugs were meant to be Christmas presents.

Asked by the Washington Post if the couple were still in jail, the sheriff's department mysteriously said "they were not here" but did not provide a detailed explanation. While multiple states have legalized marijuana, Nebraska has not.

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