Marijuana for Christmas? Elderly Couple Arrested With 60 Pounds for Gifts

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An elderly couple there told the York County, Nebraska Sheriff's Department that some sixty pounds of pot they had in their possession was on its way to be distributed as "Christmas presents".

Authorities said that 83-year-old Patrick Jiron and his 80-year-old wife, Barbara Jiron, were pulled in York, Nebraska. The couple explained during the stop they were traveling from their hometown of Clearlake Oaks, California, and were planning to end up in Vermont.

"They said the marijuana was for Christmas presents", Lt. Paul Vrbka told the York News-Times. Barbara was not arrested, but Patrick was.

When they stopped the vehicle, he said, deputies could immediately smell the strong odor of raw marijuana.

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When asked, Patrick reportedly admitted that drugs were in the truck and allowed deputies to perform a search.

They also found what the department described in a statement as "multiple" containers of concentrated THC, the chemical compound found in cannabis that causes a euphoric high. They were simply spreading holiday cheer, they told authorities. "Legalization of marijuana for any objective has proven to be a risky proposition because the controls placed on its use in other states have fallen short", Nebraska governor Pete Ricketts said in 2015.

The Jirons now face felony charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp.

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