Elderly Couple Who Said They'd Give Weed as Christmas Gifts Arrested Again


Investigators said both were riding in a truck driven by 42-year old Maria' Jiron.

Detectives believe the Jirons are traveling back to California after posting bail in Nebraska in an incident this week where they were allegedly found with $18,000 in cash, raw marijuana and evidence of sales. A K-9 deployed to search the truck indicated the presence of marijuana and the vehicle smelled strongly of the substance, Mayo said. The York County Sheriff's Office said the estimated value of the marijuana was $336,000.

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

County Judge John Freudenberg ordered Barbara Jiron to return to court on February 1 on the drug money charge after appointing an attorney for her.

But the deputy talked to Patrick and Barbara Jiron, who were passengers, and asked to search the truck. 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". En route to Vermont, 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 have a family connection in Vermont law enforcement, according to the Associated Press; their son, Justin Jiron, is a Chittenden County criminal prosecutor.

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Patrick Jiron, 80, and Barbara Jiron, 70, were booked into the Lancaster County Jail.

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. This time a female family member identified as Mariah Jiron was driving the auto.

In York County, both were charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and having no drug tax stamp.

The sheriff's department says the Jiron's were also driving the same Toyota pickup involved in their previous bust.

They were found with $300,000 worth of marijuana in their vehicle and told police they were driving from California and planned to distribute the drugs as gifts to relatives in Vermont and Boston.