Grandparents arrested for 60 pounds of marijuana meant for Christmas gifts

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On Tuesday, York County sheriff's deputies discovered an unconventional Mr. and Mrs. Clause.

Patrick Jiron, 80, and Barbara Jiron, 83, were pulled over Tuesday during a traffic stop by deputies with the York County Sheriff's Department, who made a shocking discovery: The Jirons had 60 pounds of high-grade pot in their pickup truck, authorities said.

The two now face felony charges of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. The couple said they planned to "distribute the marijuana to family and friends as Christmas gifts".

Lt. Paul Vrbka with the sheriff's department said deputies initiated a traffic stop in the Bradshaw area after they saw a Toyota Tacoma going over the center line and the driver failing to signal. When the police approached, they smelled "the strong odor of raw marijuana" wafting off the couple's pickup truck.

Patrick Jiron, 80, and his wife, Barbara, 83, told deputies they were on their way to Vermont with the marijuana and meant to give it away as Christmas gifts. The elderly couple were driving from northern California to Boston and Vermont when they were stopped by the Nebraska sheriff's department. The street value of the "presents" was more than $330,000.

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

Vrbka said the Jirons told authorities "they didn't know it was illegal to transport marijuana in Nebraska".

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