Aged couple says 60 kilos of pot was for presents

Elderly couple caught with 27kg of weed they planned to give away for Christmas

It might not be Santa's sleigh, but there was a whole lot of holly-jolly traveling from California to Vermont just in time for the holidays. They told cops it was intended for Christmas presents.

The odor of marijuana tipped deputies off to the stash during a December 19 traffic stop in York County in eastern Nebraska, authorities said. Curious, Jiron was questioned regarding the familiar odor and openly admitted to having contraband in the vehicle, consenting to a search.

A couple on a cross-country trip told deputies in Nebraska that they planned to give away the marijuana authorities found in their truck as Christmas gifts to family and friends. In addition to the plant, the officers also confiscated processed product, including containers described as "concentrated THC".

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When deputies pulled over the Jirons along Interstate 80 on Tuesday, they smelled "raw" marijuana and conducted a probable cause search - discovering the weed in boxes in the pickup topper, Lt. Vrbka told the News-Times.

Police detained $336,000 worth of marijuana from the elderly couple.

Nebraska law requires marijuana dealers to purchase drug tax stamps from the Department of Revenue to prove that the state's drug tax has been fulfilled.

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Barbara Jiron was cited but not arrested "due to some medical issues", Vrbka told the newspaper.

The Jirons now face felony charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp. Patrick Jiron posted 10 percent of his $100,000 bond and has been released from custody.

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