Elderly California Couple With Marijuana Christmas Presents Again Arrested In Nebraska

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.

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. The couple's daughter, 45-year-old Mariah Jiron, of Vermont, was driving.

An attorney for Patrick Jiron told the newspaper he did not yet know how the couple would plead and he was looking closely at the case to make sure police did not execute an illegal search. The couple was pulled over on Tuesday morning for tailgating after a sheriff's deputy determined that "reasonable, articulable suspicion was obtained that criminal activity was afoot".

A drug-detection dog indicated it smelled drugs in the truck, so deputies searched the vehicle and found most of the money in a duffel bag in the cargo area, the report said. The money and a garbage bag in the back of the truck contained traces of marijuana, according to the sheriff's office. 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. Their 42-year-old daughter, a resident of Vermont, was driving the vehicle, but was not arrested.

Barbara Jiron was arrested with her husband. The couple signed what's known as an abandonment form stating they do not claim the money as their own, he said.

Barbara and Patrick Jiron were cited and lodged in the Lancaster County Jail for possession of money while violating Statute 28-416.17.

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

The Jirons are scheduled to appear in Lancaster County Court on Wednesday, Mayo said.

In that incident, the prosecutor's parents were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp.

Last month, the Jirons were arrested by York County sheriff's deputies who found an estimated $300,000 worth of marijuana in their vehicle.

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