Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Elderly couple appear in Lancaster County Court for 2nd drug-related arrest

Elderly couple appear in Lancaster County Court for 2nd drug-related arrest

An elderly California couple arrested last month with 60 pounds of marijuana that they said was meant for use as Christmas gifts were arrested again Tuesday on suspicion of possessing drug money.

Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says the 80 year-old-man and his 70 year old wife were arrested this week on suspicion of carrying drug money. "From what we were told, the vehicle smelled like marijuana, and Lancaster County officers allegedly found a large amount of suspected drug buy money with a value of approximately $16,000".

Sheriff's deputies pulled over a black 2016 Toyota Tacoma heading west on Interstate 80 Tuesday morning in Lancaster County for following another vehicle too closely, according to the police report reviewed by the Journal Star.

Investigators found about $18,000 in a duffel bag and a plastic bag and it all tested positive for marijuana.

The couple said they were coming from California and planned to give the weed as Christmas presents to friends and family in Boston and Vermont.

Their story took a twist when it later became public that their son, Justin Jiron, is a deputy state's attorney in Vermont. They reportedly told police they were on their way to Vermont with the goal of distributing the drugs as Christmas gifts and they didn't know it was illegal to transport marijuana through the state. A hearing for Barbara Jiron in York County was postponed until January 17, when her husband also is scheduled to appear.

The Jirons are scheduled to appear in Lancaster County Court on Wednesday, Mayo said.

Patrick Jiron was placed in York County Jail, while Barbara's processing was delayed due to a medical issue, Fox News reported.

The Jirons are facing felony charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp, as Nebraska requires marijuana dealers to purchase a drug tax stamp from its Department of Revenue as evidence that the state's drug tax has been paid.

Patrick Jiron's first court appearance is scheduled in York County Court for Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m.

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