Elderly couple told cops 60 pounds of marijuana was for 'Christmas presents'

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A couple in their 80s were jailed Thursday after sheriff's deputies found 60 pounds of marijuana in their vehicle.

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. And while the Jirons' home state of California has legalized marijuana for adult recreational use beginning January 1, 2018, the couples' load of "Christmas presents" would still have gotten them into trouble had they been pulled over there. Barbara was not arrested, but Patrick was. They were simply spreading holiday cheer, they told authorities.

During the traffic stop, deputies noticed a strong smell of raw marijuana, the sheriff's department says.

"They said the marijuana was for Christmas presents", Lieutenant Paul Vrbka from York County reported.

They also found what the department described in a statement as "multiple" containers of concentrated THC, the chemical compound found in cannabis that causes a euphoric high.

Lt. Vrbka said the two elderly people indicated they were from Clearlake Oaks, Calif., and were headed for Vermont.

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