Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

'Christmas pot' couple arrested again on I-80

'Christmas pot' couple arrested again on I-80

An elderly California couple arrested in Nebraska before Christmas with 60 pounds of marijuana they reportedly told police was slated for holiday gifts are facing fresh charges after being arrested again Tuesday not far away, this time outside Lincoln, on suspicion of carrying drug money. Authorities told the York News-Times they found almost 60 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $336,000, after making a traffic stop December 19 on Interstate 80 near Bradshaw.

Deputies arrested Patrick Jiron, 80, and his wife, Barbara Jiron, 70, after they were stopped while riding in a pickup truck that was stopped for driving too closely to another vehicle in Lancaster County, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

Authorities say, this time, it's on suspicion of carrying drug money.

Investigators found about $18,000 in a duffel bag and a plastic bag and it all tested positive for marijuana.

Sergeant Mayo said the vehicle was traveling westbound from Vermont to the Jiron's home state of California. Wagner said no drugs were found in the vehicle.

On Dec. 19, 2017, the Jirons were stopped in nearby York County with some $300,000 worth of marijuana.

The two were detained and booked at the Lancaster County Jail for possession of money "used or meant to be used to facilitate a violation" of laws against controlled substances.

But the deputy talked to Patrick and Barbara Jiron, who were passengers, and asked to search the truck. His boss, Chittenden County State's Attorney Sarah George, said last month that he is not connected to his parents' alleged crime and continues to perform his duties in office, which include handling criminal prosecutions in the county.

They were arrested then eventually released on bond and were due in court the following day.

"But now here we are, just weeks after we found them with all that high grade marijuana they said they planned to take to Vermont for Christmas gifts", Lt. Vrbka said.

The sheriff's department says the Jiron's were also driving the same Toyota pickup involved in their previous bust.

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