Elderly couple 'didn't know it was illegal' to transport marijuana

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Elderly couple 'didn't know it was illegal' to transport marijuana

That's because officers which was occupied by an older couple traveling on Interstate 80, according to the York News-Times.

Vrbka said the couple told police they were traveling to Vermont from Clearlake Oaks, California, and meant to according to WOWT.

Patrick Jiron, 80, and his wife Barbara, 70, drove from California to Vermont with the 27kg stash of weed in their auto but were arrested in Nebraska after being pulled over for traffic violations.

With the help of the county's canine unit, deputies searched the Toyota Tacoma.

The couple, Barbara Jiron, 70, and Patrick Jiron, 80, were arrested Tuesday.

During the traffic stop, Vrbka said deputies initiated could immediately smell the strong odor of marijuana and the county's K9 alerted to the presence of a controlled substance.

They told police in Nebraska, where they were detained about midway through their trip, that the approximately $336,000 worth of marijuana was intended as Christmas presents, the newspaper said.

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 was being held in York County jail on suspicion of felony drug charges.

"They said the marijuana was for Christmas presents", Lt. Paul Vrbka told the York News-Times. His wife Barbara did not join him, however, due to a medical issue, according to USA Today.

He's since posted 10 percent of his $100,000 bond and has been released, the News Times reproted.

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