Elderly couple caught with 60 pounds of marijuana arrested again

Patrick Jiron

Patrick Jiron

On Tuesday, the couple - Patrick Jiron, 80, and his wife, Barbara Jiron, 70 - got jailed in Nebraska again, this time for suspicion of possessing more than $18,000 in drug money, according to the. The couple's daughter, 45-year-old Mariah Jiron, of Vermont, was driving.

"A K-9 was deployed and alerted to the presence of drugs", Lancaster County Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Mayo told the Omaha World-Herald.

The York County Sheriff's Office said the estimated value of the marijuana found in boxes inside the pickup's truck topper was $336,000.

Mayo told KOLN that the seized cash tested positive for marijuana residue, as did a 50-gallon trash bag found in the truck. A drug-sniffing dog quickly led police to the trunk of their vehicle, where most of the money was discovered inside of a duffel bag along with traces of marijuana.

After court, Lincoln attorney John Berry, who represents Patrick Jiron in both cases, said he didn't know enough yet about the Lancaster County stop to comment further on it or how Jiron will plead.

It should be noted that Barbara Jiron's first court appearance in York County Court is scheduled for today (Wednesday, Jan. 10) at 2 p.m.

The Jirons told police they were unaware it was illegal to transport marijuana through Nebraska and they were planning to give the drug as Christmas presents. Multiple containers of concentrated THC also were found, officials said.

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. The couple made news in December for carrying 60 pounds of weed in their truck, claiming it would be distributed as Christmas gifts to their friends. This time a female family member identified as Mariah Jiron was driving the vehicle. The wire service reports, "State's Attorney Sarah George has said Justin Jiron is not connected to his parents' alleged crime other than by relation".

The couple are scheduled to appear in York County Court on January 17.

The Jirons are due to appear in York County Court next week to face those charges, according to the Journal Star.

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