It all started when deputies observed a 2016 Toyota Tacoma failing to signal a turn and driving left of the center line and conducted a traffic stop, according to the York County Sheriff's Office. Assisted by a dog from the canine unit, officers found 60 pounds of weed and multiple containers of concentrated THC in the back of the truck. Police said the couple admitted to carrying the contraband and planned to "distribute the marijuana to family and friends as Christmas gifts". Both charges are felonies.
The marijuana has an estimated value of $336,000, according to Lt. Paul Vrbka.
Photo provided by the York County, Nebraska sheriff's department shows the marijuana recovered from a truck driven by Patrick and Barbara Jiron of Clearlake Oaks, California, during a traffic stop.More news: Woman Set On Fire In Public By Stalker, Dies In Hospital
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Vrbka said Barbara was cited but was not jailed "due to some medical issues". The two were subsequently arrested and remain in custody at the York County Jail on charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, as well as having no drug tax stamp. No set court date for the Jirons has yet been reported. The state, like many in the US, has not decriminalized marijuana for either medical or recreational use.
Vrbka said the Jirons told authorities "they didn't know it was illegal to transport marijuana in Nebraska". "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".