If you get caught with 60 pounds of marijuana in your car — more than you can legally carry in any state — then you’d better have a good excuse for the police officer. One elderly couple thought they did.
80-year-old Patrick Jiron and his 70-year-old wife Barbara were driving from California, where recreational pot is legal, to Vermont, where only medical use is allowed, when they hit a spot of trouble in Nebraska. According to the York News-Times, a York County Sheriff’s deputy spotted their Toyota Tacoma weaving over the center line without signaling.
Lieutenant Paul Vrbka pulled the Jirons over on Interstate 80 west of Lincoln and couldn’t help but notice a very strong odor of raw marijuana wafting up from the back of the pickup truck. He brought in Dundee, the Sheriff’s Department’s drug-sniffing dog, who immediately gave Vrbka sufficient cause to search the truck.
Patrick was taken into custody after the 60 pounds of pot were found in boxes underneath the pickup topper. How did he try to explain it away?
Christmas gifts. Patrick said he was giving away the pot in the spirit of the season. His already-shaky story began to fall apart when deputies assessed the quality of the marijuana and determined it to be high grade. For the record, it was valued at $336,000.
Either the Jirons have a lot of friends and relatives, or they had something else up their sleeves. Either way, Patrick was booked on charges of transporting the drug with an intent to deliver it. He also lacked a drug tax stamp.
His wife Barbara got off easier and was cited but not jailed “due to medical issues.” They told Vrbka that “they didn’t know it was illegal to transport marijuana in Nebraska.”
Unlike in neighboring Colorado, marijuana possession is not legal in Nebraska. Interestingly enough, it is also illegal to transport pot across state lines even if it’s legal to possess it in both states, according to Leafly.
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