Published: Tue, December 26, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Merry Kushmas: Elderly couple caught with 27kg of Christmas cannabis

Merry Kushmas: Elderly couple caught with 27kg of Christmas cannabis

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 (around 27 kilosgrams) of high-grade pot in their pickup truck, authorities said.

The deputies noticed the odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Lieutenant Paul Vrbka of the York County Sheriff's Department says the deputies brought in a canine unit after getting a whiff of the odour, and the dogs further confirmed the presence of cannabis.

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An elderly couple has been arrested with about 30kg of marijuana they alleged planned to give as Christmas presents.

The hapless couple were travelling from California to Vermont, both which are among the states to have legalised weed, but it is still outlawed in Nebraska.

Dundee, the York County drugs dog, was called in and he found 60 bags of weed in the vehicle as well as concentrated THC. They also said "they didn't know it was illegal to transport marijuana in Nebraska".

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The couple was being held in York County jail, but Barbara was later released "due to some medical issues", reports the York News-Times.

Jiron was released after he posted 10 percent of his $100,000 bond, according to the York News-Times.

In the back of the truck, beneath the pickup topper, authorities discovered 60 pounds of marijuana and several containers of concentrated THC, NPR reported.

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