Elderly 'Christmas Pot' Couple Busted for Carrying $18000 in Drug Money

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An elderly couple arrested last month after police said they claimed they had more than 60 pounds of marijuana in their vehicle to give out as Christmas gifts is facing new charges after being arrested Tuesday morning in Nebraska, according to multiple reports.

Sheriff Terry Wagner said the couple was found in a auto with $18,000 cash and a duffel bag with marijuana residue on it.

The Jirons told police they were unaware it was illegal to transport marijuana through Nebraska and they were planning to give the drug as Christmas presents. The couple signed what's known as an abandonment form stating they do not claim the money as their own, he said. Both tested positive for cannabis residue, according to police.

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

About $18,000 in cash, allegedly tainted by pot, was found in their vehicle, a 2016 Toyota pickup.

Patrick and Barbara Jiron's son, Justin Jiron, is a deputy state attorney in Chittenden County, Vermont.

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The York County Sheriff's Office said the estimated value of the marijuana found in boxes inside the pickup's truck topper was $336,000.

The Jirons, both of Clearlake Oaks, California, declined to comment Wednesday afternoon before a brief appearance in Lancaster County Court. Their 42-year-old daughter, a resident of Vermont, was driving the vehicle, but was not arrested.

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

"But now here we are, just weeks after we found them with all that high grade marijuana they said they planned to take to Vermont for Christmas gifts", Lt. Paul Vrbka with the York County Sheriff's Department told The York News-Times.

Patrick Jiron posted 10 percent of his $100,000 bail in York County, according to court records.

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.