An elderly couple busted with 60 pounds of high grade marijuana during a traffic stop in Nebraska claim they were going to give it away as Christmas gifts.
Patrick Jiron, 80, and his 83-year-old wife Barbara Jiron were arrested on Tuesday after they were stopped by York County Sheriff’s deputies on Interstate 80.
Authorities found the drugs stashed in the back of their Toyota Tacoma pickup.
The high grade marijuana had an estimated street value of $336,000, according to the sheriff’s office.
The elderly couple told officers they were on their way to Vermont from their home in Clearlake Oaks, California.
They added that the marijuana was for Christmas presents.
The couple were initially stopped when officers spotted their pickup driving over the center line and failing to signal.
Deputies said they could immediately smell the strong odor of raw marijuana when they approached the truck.
They searched the vehicle and found the drugs stored in the pickup’s topper.
The couple were taken into custody on charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp.
Patrick Jiron was charged with the felonies, while his wife was left off with a citation.
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