Elderly California Couple With Marijuana Christmas Presents Again Arrested In Nebraska

Elderly California Couple With Marijuana Christmas Presents Again Arrested In Nebraska

At the time of their arrest in York County, right before Christmas, investigators said the elderly couple told them they didn't know it was illegal to transport marijuana in Nebraska.

Patrick Jiron, 80, and his 70-year-old wife, Barbara, were ordered to return to court next month to face a second set of charges stemming from a traffic stop Tuesday near Lincoln. The two were arrested in the same vehicle and along the same roadway in Nebraska just last month.

Detectives believe the Jirons are traveling back to California after posting bail in Nebraska in an incident this week where they were allegedly found with $18,000 in cash, raw marijuana and evidence of sales.

The couple was pulled over after they crossed a center line on a road without signaling.

A large black bag was also found which allegedly tested positive for cannabis residue. Their daughter, who lives in Vermont, was given a warning, local media reported.

Lt. Vrbka said he was not informed as to the exact charges in Lancaster County, only that they were taken into custody again in a case similar to the original in this jurisdiction.

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The Jirons were first arrested on December 19 on Interstate 80 near Bradshaw, Nebraska, after their pickup allegedly strayed from its lane.

After the stop, deputies said they smelled marijuana coming from the pickup.

"During an interview, Patrick stated the marijuana was being delivered to MA and Vermont to family as Christmas presents", Paulich said in a prepared statement.

In York County, both were charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, a Class 2A felony, and having no drug tax stamp, a Class 4 felony.

Patrick Jiron was placed in York County Jail, while Barbara's processing was delayed due to a medical issue, Fox News reported.

Patrick and Barbara Jiron's son, Justin Jiron, is a deputy state attorney in Chittenden County, Vermont.