Elderly Christmas Cannabis Couple Arrested Again, Facing New Drug Charges

  • Elderly Christmas Cannabis Couple Arrested Again, Facing New Drug Charges

Elderly Christmas Cannabis Couple Arrested Again, Facing New Drug Charges

The couple have a family connection in Vermont law enforcement, according to the Associated Press; their son, Justin Jiron, is a Chittenden County criminal prosecutor.

Authorities say, this time, it's on suspicion of carrying drug money.

Patrick Jiron, 80, and his 70-year-old wife, Barbara, were ordered to return to court next month to face a second set of charges stemming from a traffic stop Tuesday near Lincoln.

Just before 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, the Lancaster County, Nebraska Sheriff's Department tells WCAX the couple was pulled over again in another traffic stop on Interstate 80.

An attorney for Patrick Jiron was unsure how the couple was planning to plead to the new charges and is reportedly looking into the incident to ensure that police did not execute an illegal search of the couple's vehicle.

The K-9 indicated the presence of marijuana, and a subsequent search unveiled $18,000 in cash.

The vehicle was traveling west from Vermont to Barbara and Patrick Jiron's home in California. They told police the individually wrapped bags of cannabis, worth about $336,000, were Christmas gifts.

Mayo told KOLN that the seized cash tested positive for marijuana residue, as did a 50-gallon trash bag found in the truck.

The driver was let off with a warning, but the couple were arrested and taken to the Lancaster County jail on suspicion of possession of suspected drug money. The wire service reports, "State's Attorney Sarah George has said Justin Jiron is not connected to his parents' alleged crime other than by relation".

They were out on bond and expected in York County Court at separate hearings in the original case Wednesday and next week, according to court records.

They also found notes consistent with marijuana sales in the truck.

In an earlier incident, the Jirons were arrested on December 19 with 60 pounds of assorted marijuana goods with a street value of over $300,000 police said.

The couple are scheduled to appear in York County Court on January 17. The couple has pending charges for possessing marijuana with the intent to deliver.