When asked about the smell, Patrick Jiron, 80, and his wife Barbara Jiron, 70, both of Clearlake Oaks, told Nebraska deputies the bags of marijuana were Christmas gifts for friends and family in Boston and Vermont, York County sheriff's officials said in a news statement. Paul Vrbka told the Times the Jirons' Toyota Tacoma was going over the center line on Interstate 80 and the driver failed to signal.
Authorities estimated the marijuana transported by an elderly couple earlier this week had a street value of $336,000, according to the York News Times. When deputies stopped the vehicle, they said they could immediately smell the strong odor of raw marijuana.
York County Sheriff's Department Patrick Jiron, 80, was arrested in Nebraska.
In the back of the truck, beneath the pickup topper, authorities discovered 60 pounds of marijuana and several containers of concentrated THC, NPR reported.
The couple, from Northern California, told the police they were en route to Vermont, and that the marijuana was bought as Christmas presents.
Mr Jiron was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and having no drug tax stamp, according to the newspaper, which said he had been released after posting 10% of his $100,000 bond. When officers made the stop it turns out they had about $300,000 in raw marijuana located in their pick-up truck.
Barbara Jiron was cited but not jailed "due to some medical issues", Vrbka told the News Times.
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