Elderly couple arrested in Nebraska with over 60 pounds of marijuana

Police immediately noticed the "strong odor of raw marijuana", the York News Times reports, and promptly found 60 (!) pounds and $336,000-worth ($336,000!) of pot in the auto.

The York County Sheriff's Department stopped the couple's Toyota Tacoma on the interstate on Tuesday after the driver shifted over the centerline while failing to signal.

Vrbka said the county's canine unit alerted to the presence of a controlled substance and a probable cause search was conducted of the vehicle.

The deputies launched a search that turned up almost 60 pounds of marijuana, stored in boxes inside the car's pickup topper, with a street value of around $336,000.

The couple claimed that the weed was not for them, and that they were going to give it all away as gifts. Barbara is the second defendant, and was "cited in the case but was not jailed 'due to some medical issues,'" Vrbka told the York News-Times.

The pair were charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp, which is required by Nebraska state law, NPR said.

His wife, 70-year-old Barbara Jiron, faces the same charges.

Mr. and Mrs. Jiron told the police they were traveling from their home state of California to Vermont, with a planned pit stop in Boston, and meant to distribute the drugs to family and friends as Christmas gifts. He posted bond and was released from jail.

Don't drive around 60 pounds worth of marijuana in a state where it's illegal.

  • Rogelio Becker