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Elderly couple arrested in Nebraska with over 60 pounds of marijuana

Elderly couple arrested in Nebraska with over 60 pounds of marijuana”

On Tuesday, the 80-year-old man and 83-year-old woman were pulled over in their Toyota Tacoma, and told law enforcement that they were traveling from California to Vermont.

The couple were stopped when the truck was spotted crossing the center line on Interstate 80 near Bradshaw, Neb., and the driver failed to use the turn signal, Vrbka said.

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"They said the marijuana was for Christmas presents", Lt. Paul Vrbka told the York News-Times. Police immediately noticed the "strong odor of raw marijuana", the York News Times reports, and promptly found 60 (!) pounds and $336,000-worth ($336,000!) of pot in the auto.

Upon pulling them over, the stench of green was so strong that the po-po brought along the county canine unit to search the vehicle.

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Beneath the pickup topper in the back of the truck, deputies discovered 60 pounds of marijuana and several containers of concentrated THC, NPR reported. Patrick Jiron was placed in York County Jail, but his wife Barbara was not due to a medical issue, USA Today reported. The York County Sheriff's Department said the street value of the haul is estimated at $336,000. Both charges are felonies; possession of more than one pound in Nebraska is "punishable by a maximum sentence of [five] years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $10,000", according to NORML.

Vrbka said the couple claims to not have known it was illegal to transport marijuana in the state of Nebraska. They were charged with possession to deliver and no drug tax stamp.

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According to The Washington Post, marijuana is not legal in the state of Nebraska.



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