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12 January 2018, 11:13 | Devin Moran
Barbara and Patrick Jiron AP
The elderly couple from California who allegedly said they were transporting $336,000 worth of high grade marijuana to give away as Christmas presents after being caught in York County have again been arrested on drug trafficking charges. The couple made news in December for carrying 60 pounds of weed in their truck, claiming it would be distributed as Christmas gifts to their friends.
Eighty-year-old Patrick Jiron and 70-year-old Barbara Jiron are the parents of Justin Jiron, a deputy prosecutor in the Chittenden County State's Attorney's office. "From what we were told, the vehicle smelled like marijuana, and Lancaster County officers allegedly found a large amount of suspected drug buy money with a value of approximately $16,000".
After court, Lincoln attorney John Berry, who represents Patrick Jiron in both cases, said he didn't know enough yet about the Lancaster County stop to comment further on it or how Jiron will plead.
A search of the couple's 2016 Toyota Tacoma turned up a little over $18,000 in cash that "tested positive for a strong odor of marijuana", Mayo said.
Barbara and Patrick Jiron were cited and lodged in the Lancaster County Jail for possession of money while violating Statute 28-416.17.
The Jirons, both of Clearlake Oaks, California, declined to comment Wednesday afternoon before a brief appearance in Lancaster County Court. They were arrested last month along the same roadway - in the same vehicle - just two counties west. A hearing for Barbara Jiron in York County was postponed until January 17, when her husband also is scheduled to appear. Their 42-year-old daughter, a resident of Vermont, was driving the auto, but was not arrested. The two allegedly told police they were headed for Vermont and meant to give the drugs as Christmas presents.
The Jirons are facing felony charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp, as Nebraska requires marijuana dealers to purchase a drug tax stamp from its Department of Revenue as evidence that the state's drug tax has been paid.
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