Elderly couple says 60 pounds of pot was intended for Christmas gifts

by Antonio Miles December 23, 2017, 0:52
Elderly couple says 60 pounds of pot was intended for Christmas gifts

A couple in their 80s was arrested in Nebraska on Tuesday for allegedly transporting 60 pounds of marijuana, worth several hundred thousand dollars, which they told the police they meant to give away as Christmas presents.

Police say the couple said they were traveling from Clearlake Oaks, Calif., making stops in Boston and Vermont to distribute the marijuana to family and friends as Christmas gifts.

The couple were stopped Tuesday on Interstate 80 near the Bradshaw exit after York County sheriff's deputies saw their 2016 Toyota Tacoma drive over the center line.

After the stop, deputies said they smelled marijuana coming from the pickup.

Upon pulling them over, the stench of green was so strong that the po-po brought along the county canine unit to search the vehicle.

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The marijuana was seized and it is estimated that the street value is $336,000, according to Sgt. Vrbka. She was not jailed, however, because of medical issues, the York County Sheriff's Office said.

Vrbka said the Jirons told authorities "they didn't know it was illegal to transport marijuana in Nebraska". The police found 60 lbs. of marijuana as well as containers of concentrated THC, the chemical in marijuana that gets people high.

Both are being held on felony drug charges.

Though many states have legalized marijuana to varying degrees, Nebraska is not among them.

According to The Washington Post, marijuana is not legal in the state of Nebraska.


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