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Aged couple says 60 kilos of pot was for presents

Aged couple says 60 kilos of pot was for presents

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. The driver, 80-year-old Patrick Jiron, and the passenger, 70-year-old Barbara Jiron, told officers they were driving from northern California to deliver holiday goodies to Boston and Vermont, reports NPR.

After 1,500 miles and 24 hours of travel from Clearlake Oaks, California to York County, Nebraska, Jiron's Toyota Tacoma caught the attention of sheriff's deputies when the vehicle failed to signal and drove over the road's center dividing line. When officers said they smelled marijuana, the couple admitted they were carrying contraband.

Lt Vrbka told the York News Times the mammoth haul of pot has a street value of US$336,000 (NZ$478,000). When they looked under the pickup topper, deputies found 60 pounds of marijuana, as well as multiple containers of concentrated THC.

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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.

Ms Jiron was cited, but was not jailed due to unspecified medical conditions, the newspaper reported.

The Jirons were cited on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and a drug tax charge, a state program meant to tax people selling illegal drugs for a certain value of the contraband, which for marijuana is $100 per ounce. Her husband Patrick was released shortly after he posted 10 per cent of his US$100,000 bond.


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