The cannabis capers at fault weren't notorious bandits or big-time criminals trying to push their product across state lines for profit; instead, Patrick Jiron, 80, and his wife Barbara, 70, insist that their cargo was instead meant to be a load of Christmas presents.
The odor of marijuana tipped deputies off to the stash during a December 19 traffic stop in York County in eastern Nebraska, authorities said.
York County sheriff's Lt. Paul Vrbka told the newspaper that the couple's Toyota Tacoma was stopped on Interstate 80 for traveling over the center line and failing to signal.
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The driving error proved more costly than normal when officers immediately smelled raw cannabis as they spoke to the couple through the driver's window. Authorities said that 83-year-old Patrick Jiron and his 80-year-old wife, Barbara Jiron, were pulled over in York, Nebraska. That's when deputies found the cannabis, along with several containers of concentrated THC.
Ms Jiron was cited, but was not jailed due to unspecified medical conditions, the newspaper reported. Sheriff deputies in York County, Neb. estimated the value of the pot at over US$336,000 (approximately C$427,000).
The Jirons now face felony charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp. Her husband Patrick was released shortly after he posted 10 per cent of his US$100,000 bond.