Elderly couple who said they'd give weed as Christmas gifts arrested again

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

The elderly California couple who last month claimed the marijuana found in their truck was for Christmas presents appeared in Lancaster County court Wednesday for the first time since being charged with having $18,000 in drug money.

At the time of their arrest in York County, right before Christmas, investigators said the elderly couple told them they didn't know it was illegal to transport marijuana in Nebraska.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports the 80-year-old Patrick Jiron and his 70-year-old wife were arrested Tuesday along Interstate-80 in northeast Nebraska. Their 42-year-old daughter, a resident of Vermont, was driving the vehicle, but was not arrested.

Patrick and Barbara Jiron, of Clearlake Oaks, said little at the court hearing and declined comment on the allegations outside the courtroom. The cash allegedly tested positive for marijuana residue. "From what we were told, the vehicle smelled like marijuana and Lancaster County officers allegedly found a large amount of suspected drug buy money (cash) with a value of approximately $16,000".

The driver of the truck, a woman identified as the couple's daughter, was released without charges. York County (Neb.) Attorney Chris Johnson said in late December he has no reason to believe Justin Jiron had been involved in his parent's legal troubles.

They also said they found "owe notes" relating to the sales of narcotics.

It should be noted that Barbara Jiron's first court appearance in York County Court is scheduled for today (Wednesday, Jan. 10) at 2 p.m.

"During an interview, Patrick stated the marijuana was being delivered to MA and Vermont to family as Christmas presents", Paulich said in a prepared statement. The couple has pending charges for possessing marijuana with the intent to deliver.

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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