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Elderly couple said 60 pounds of pot was for Christmas presents

Elderly couple said 60 pounds of pot was for Christmas presents

That's what they told police officers anyway, when they were busted with the drugs during a routine traffic stop in Nebraska, according to WSMV.

Patrick, 80, and Barbara, 83, Jiron were pulled over in York, Nebraska, on Tuesday after failing to signal. They told police they were traveling from California and meant to make stops in Boston, Mass. and Vermont to distribute the holiday cheer to family and friends.

Patrick Jiron, 80, was arrested and booked into the York County Jail on charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and having no drug tax stamp, the News-Times said.

As police got closer to the vehicle they smelled a strong marijuana odor. That's when deputies found the cannabis, along with several containers of concentrated THC. The couple told police that they were transporting "Christmas presents".

The marijuana was seized and it is estimated that the street value is $336,000, according to Sgt. Vrbka.

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

A December 22 updated from the York News-Times indicated Patrick was booked into the York County Jail "on charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and having no drug tax stamp".

Don't drive around 60 pounds worth of marijuana in a state where it's illegal.

Asked by the Washington Post if the couple were still in jail, the sheriff's department mysteriously said "they were not here" but did not provide a detailed explanation.

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